Category Archives: Ethnography

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ETHNOGRAPHY: Jesus scourged at the pillar

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Without any doubt, the statue of Jesus scourged at the pillar is the one having the highest artistic value among the whole set of twelve statuary groups found at the parish of Żejtun. This statue, which is carved in wood, … Continue reading

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ETHNOGRAPHY: The Redeemer

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Without doubt the most beloved statue by the locals is that of Jesus carrying the cross or Christ the Redeemer.  This statue is the work of the Maltese artist Carlo Darmanin. Anyone viewing this statue is immediately touched by the look … Continue reading

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ETHNOGRAPHY: St Paul’s shipwreck

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On the 10th February Malta celebrates the feast of St Paul the Apostle,  the father of Christianity of the Maltese.  St Paul found himself on our islands following a shipwreck on his way to face charges in Rome. Linked with the … Continue reading

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ETHNOGRAPHY: The Feast Hanging Canopy

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Whoever visits the Zejtun Parish Church during St Catherine feast days will be amazed with the way the church is decorated.  However the greatest splendor without doubt is the canopy hanging over the main altar. If not the most artistically beautiful, … Continue reading

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ETHNOGRAPHY: Model head and Angel of the Annunciation

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The Zejtun Parish Church museum has a selection of works of art related to the parish and history of Zejtun.  The collection ranges from  furniture to sculptures, from archaeological  ceramics to fine glass, from etchings to paintings. Among the collection there are … Continue reading

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Ethnography: The Statue of St Joseph

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The statue of St Joseph which is placed in the parish church for the feast of St Joseph the Worker on the 1st of May, was sculptured in wood in 1906 by the Italian Firm Ghezzi of Milan. The statue … Continue reading

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St Gregory’s Procession held today

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Today, the first Wednesday after Easter Sunday, at Zejtun we had the traditional  procession of St Gregory. Although in the past this procession used to start from Imdina, with the Cathedral Chapter meeting at the Tarxien Parish Church all the … Continue reading

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Ethnography: The Origin of St Gregory’s Procession

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The first Wednesday after Easter Sunday is considered a holiday by many, particularly those living at iż-Żejtun and Marsaxlokk.  This is the day when the feast of St Gregory is celebrated by many in these localities. The feast is mainly a religious … Continue reading

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Ethnography: The Crucifixion

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The Crucifixion, or as it is commonly referred to as the Large Statue, is actually the largest statuary group from the set of the Good Friday statues representing the Passion of Jesus Christ, at the Zejtun Parish Church. This statuary … Continue reading

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The Mechanical Crib at Zejtun

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His Grace Bishop Emmanuel Galea, then director of this Institute and Orphanage for hundreds of bereaved children, had the idea of constructing a sizeable crib, reminiscent of the Nativity of the Child Jesus.  Built in 1947, after several weeks of … Continue reading