There are some characters unlikely to be found elsewhere, in other via crucis. This is also one of the peculiarities of the procession of Comeana. The “Sperduta tra i cavalli” is not mentioned in the texts of the Passion, just like the Angiolino on the donkey which is from Comeana only. They are “inventions” that have now become part of the tradition of the village. La Sperduta, that follows the Roman women in the parade, between the legionaries and the insignia of the empire, is the restless soul by popular interpretation. The Angiolino instead, which makes its entrance in the square with the Samaritan woman, the apostle James and the first group of Jewish Women, represents the “renaissance of man” and is a ‘the symbol of the sweetest view of the procession and of all the children in the parade, carrying the symbols of the Passion.
The story of the long parade route is also peculiar, which apparently had to do with the reward for bands and musical groups involved. To allow the long procession to stretch throughout its length wide open spaces were definitely needed, but it is said that the need to lengthen the course arose also of the need to reach the farms, generous givers of wine that musicians, invited or not, required as a reward.
(Text by Walter Fortini and Nicholas Fanfani, taken from the booklet produced for the 2006 edition of the festival)

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