For three centuries Brazils devout Sertanejos (Backlanders) have relied
on pilgrimages to sacred sites deep in this inhospitable land to expiate their
sins. To acquire the amulets, figures of saints and religious icons that will
protect them until the next gathering.
This place is called "house of the miracles";
one can find images, letters or even cancerous parts of the body that have
been taken out during medical surgery. Every miracle, small or large is posted
here as proof of the backlander's belief in Christianity.
here comes in the form of life-giving rain, which must fall from Heaven, and
its primarily with prayers for which that these journeys continue. So
dry is the Sertão that places have been known to go for more than three
years at a time without a single drop of rain. Here, the climate and the peoples
religious fervor are closely linked.
Men fix a cross that has been brought along as a religious penitence. In the
background the infinity of the Brazilian landscape. Bom Jesus da Lapa / Bahia