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Presepe!

posted by awelborn

Italians and their nativity scenes – something to behold, they say (she sighed) – here’s an interesting Slow Travel thread on what people are seeing around Italy these days and here’s a post from a wonderful blog by an American woman living in Rome on the tradition in general as well as on her Presepe-related visit to Naples.

Take a look, too, at the famed sand presepe in Jesolo, which is sculpted every year with proceeds that go to a particular cause – this year it’s for a center dedicated to rescuing child soldiers in Uganda.



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Mary Jane

posted December 31, 2006 at 5:52 pm


The Neapolitan presepe are the source for the Spanish belen tradition. You can learn more about these at http://www.spanishnativity.com and its associated blog (accessible from that website or at http://athomerome.blogspot.com/2006/12/crib-street.html).
St. Augustine, Florida has its first belen this year – and the Three Kings were moved closer this week (done by replacing them with larger figures since perspective is a big part of the design).
I love all the little figures. Since I live with a belenista, that also means I live with myriad tiny livestock this time of year. But it sure beats the barebones Protestant nativity of my childhood.



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JTM

posted December 31, 2006 at 7:20 pm


My parish hosted “Nativity Sets from Around the World” — 40 nativities — from every continent.
http://scoodog.smugmug.com/gallery/2250962
St. Mary’s, Belleville IL
with thanks to the great Marian Library at the University of Dayton.
Father John



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