In Paraguay, the Roman Catholic faithful engage in the curious practice of donning bird-like costumes and parading through the streets to honor the memory of the 16th century saint St. Francis Solano and to entreat him for miraculous favors. Any resemblance to pre-Columbian rites involving the worship of Deities personified as birds is no doubt strictly coincidental. We’re digging that this is accepted practice among devout Catholics. Then again, this faith is notorious for absorbing and preserving practices of the multiple faiths it’s encountered over the millenia, under thin disguises.
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