THINK PIECE Padre Jesús of Castillo de Locubín – Kevin O’Grady

Let’s consider a single village in Andalucía, where there lives a singular image of a single moment. Allow me to introduce you to Padre Jesús (Father Jesus), if you do not already know him.

Castillo de Locubín (Castillo) is an ancient pueblo in the Sierra Sur de Jaėn. Ninety per cent of the 4,381 Castilleros work in olive oil production. Ninety-eight per cent are indigenous Spaniards, largely descended from those settled here after the Christian conquest of 1341.

Every September Castillo’s feria is held in honour of Seňor Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Padre Jesús). The high point of the week is his procession through the streets. The atmosphere of pasión oscillates between devotion and celebration.

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