Each September since the 1920s the citizens and visitors of Santa Fe gather near the capitol for the burning of Zozobra, a 50ft tall puppet. The
towering marionette is the embodiment of the doom & gloom and negative energies of the area residents, and is said to be derived from the "Holy Week
celebrations of the Yaqui Indians of Mexico, where an effigy of Judas, filled with firecrackers, is led around the village on a donkey, and ultimately
Yaqui Easter week ceremony (see photo)
"In the end, good triumphs and an effigy of Judas along with the evil-soaked masks are burned, as shown here." The photo is by Western Ways of Tucson
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"Old Man Gloom is a well-crafted framework of pre-planed and pre-cut sticks, covered with chicken wire and yards of muslin. It is stuffed with bushels
of shredded paper, which traditionally includes old police reports, paid-off mortgage papers, divorce papers, and/or stories Santa Feans put on paper
about their tales of woe from the year just past. And a “gloom box” is located near the stage, for those who wish to throw in mementos of their
troubles up until te show begins. It is the hope of all who contribute to the inner stuffing of Zozobra, that their bad luck, sorrows and unhappiness
will disappear into the smoke of the burned puppet. Sometimes shoppers in the Santa Fe area will see tin cans with pieces of paper next to them in
local stores. Anyone is welcome to write about whatever is bothering them. These small papers are put in the cans, and eventually they are all
collected and put at Zozobra’s feet to be burned alongside him."
For all you ATSers into secret societies:
In 1926 "[f]ollowing vespers at the Cathedral, a long procession headed by the Conquistadores Band marched to the vacant space back of the City Hall,
where Zozobra, a hideous effigy figure, 20 feet high, produced by the magic wand of Will Shuster, stood in ghastly silence, illuminated by weird,
green fires. While the band played a funeral march, a group of Kiwanians in black robes and hoods stole around the figure, with four others seated
before the green fires."
The mayor of the city sentenced Zozobro to death, then he was shot multiple times with a pistol. The weird green fires turned to red, and Old Man
Gloom was set alight. The Kiwanis "threw off their robes" and joined in the "baile" (dance, festivities in the street).
The effigy used in Zozobra is a giant wooden and cloth marionette that waves its arms and growls ominously prior to its demise."
It is built with explosives lining the inside, and fireworks outside.
This one looks to be racist, done in the 40s.
See the dancer? This gives an idea of scale.
Finally, photos from this evening at the 91st Zozobra.
edit on 5-9-2015 by kkrattiger because: (no reason given)
edit on 5-9-2015 by kkrattiger because: (no