Countries around Latin America marked Holy Week with colorful processions and other traditional displays, some of them dating back centuries.
The faithful in Pirenopolis, Brazil, organized an especially realistic passion play depicting Jesus' last hours. In Haiti, a man prayed as he balanced a stone on his head as a form of penance during a Good Friday pilgrimage with hundreds of other penitents.
Women in Peru participated in a Good Friday procession honoring The Lord of Miracles, a depiction of Jesus Christ venerated in Lima, while in Ecuador thousands surrounded a statue of Jesus of Great Power during an observance in Quito. A penitent in Atlixco, Mexico, bore a tattoo of the country's popular Saint Death on his right arm, along with chains on his neck and pieces of cacti stuck in his flesh.
An exhibit of work by artist Arthur Bispo do Rosario, who suffered during his life from schizophrenia, was shown at the Bispo do Rosario Museum of Contemporary Art, in Rio de Janeiro.
A South American cowboy known as a gaucho fell beneath a wild horse during the Criolla del Prado rodeo in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Paolo Guerrero of Brazil's Corinthians fought for control of the ball with Matias de los Santos of Uruguay's Danubio during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Sao Paulo.
And in Rio de Janiero, a police officer fired tear gas toward protesters at the end of demonstration in the Alemao slum complex calling attention to violence that has erupted during police operations against suspected drug traffickers.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
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