They saw advancing towards them, to the sound of this pleasing music, what they call a triumphal car, drawn by six grey mules with white linen housings, on each of which was mounted a penitent, robed
also in white, with a large lighted wax taper in his hand.
Who are these, robed
in white, and where have they come from?
Saturday's ceremony featured a solemn procession of deacons and church ``godfathers'' bearing shovels, along with a robed
choir and gold-robed
priests, followed by the catholicos, all under a purple canopy.
man enters and whispers in his ear, and--as if these high priests have conjured them up--a beautiful silvery curtain behind them rises, revealing another layer of Filigree threads through which two dancers are seen bursting into rangy, large-scale movement.
Local people believe that anyone who dares cut a robed
tree will be cursed.