- The feast of the Black Nazarene every January 9 is one of the most celebrated religious events in the country
- Many people participate in the annual Traslacion to show their unwavering devotion
- However, it is a fact that a lot of individuals are still not aware of the history of the wooden statue
- We decided to report some information about the statue and the theories about how it became dark
The feast of the Black Nazarene is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and sacred events in the Philippines every year.
Many people, especially the religious ones from across the globe, come in throngs to show their unwavering devotion every 9th of January.
KAMI decided to report some facts regarding the wooden statue of the Black Nazarene, which, for many believers, is so miraculous.
The statue is actually a depiction of Jesus Christ when He was carrying His heavy cross on the way to Calvary for His crucifixion.
It was carved in the 16th century by a Mexican sculptor whose name is still not known even up to this date.
The head of the image has a braided wig made of abaca, a crown of thorns, and the "Tres Potencias" which symbolizes the Holy Trinity.
In 1606, the wooden statue was brought to the Philippines by a group of missionaries and it has become the most popular object of devotion for Filipinos since then.
There are serious discussions and several theories as to how the prominent statue of the Black Nazarene acquired its dark color.
It was said that the sacred image caught fire when it was being transported to Manila that was why its outer appearance became dark.
However, some experts say that the statue was carved from a very dark timber which, according to GMA News, was called Mesquite wood.
While it is true that a lot of Filipinos are still not aware of the history of the Black Nazarene, it cannot be denied that their devotion remains strong as years pass by.
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