Ethnicities & Religions In Rome

Eritrean Community

 

Photographer Guido Caltabiano is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  These images are from his project ‘Communities‘.  To see Guido’s body of work click on any image.

 

Women and men are seated separated

Women and men are seated separated

 

The faithful are dressed in traditional clothing

The faithful are dressed in traditional clothing

 

The exit from the church

The exit from the church

 

The project, still in progress, is intended as a journey within the city of Rome.
A story that starts from investigating one of the most intimate and private sides of the foreign communities in the city. The religion.
The communities in Rome are dozens, mostly, with few exceptions, poorly integrated.
In the images three communities are represented, Eritrean Coptic Orthodox, the Cape Verdeans and the Peruvians both Christians Catholics, resumed during religious services and processions.
Religion acts as a catalyst and adhesive for different communities, strengthening ties and sense of belonging. To the observer it is a journey of gestures, smells, sounds, words, in a state of total estrangement over the flow of life in the city.

 

Eritrean community. The church is not large enough for all the faithful. The priest blesses those who remained outside.

Eritrean Community
The church is not large enough for all the faithful. The priest blesses those who remained outside.

 

Eritrean women listening to the priest.

Eritrean women listening to the priest

 

At the end of the ceremony, feasting with water and a kind of unleavened bread

At the end of the ceremony, feasting with water and a kind of unleavened bread

 

Eritrean woman gathered in prayer.

Eritrean woman gathered in prayer

 

Eritrean community.

Eritrean Community

 

Women after the ceremony.

Women after the ceremony

 

Peruvian community during the procession de Nuestra Señora de los Milagros

Peruvian community during the procession de Nuestra Señora de los Milagros

 

During the procession

During the procession

 

The Cape Verdean community during a procession

The Cape Verdean community during a procession

 

The Cape Verdean community during a procession

The Cape Verdean community during a procession

 

See also:

Faces Of Francigena

By Guido Caltabiano

 


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