The Burning of Judas

Photo essay during the Easter ritual of burning an effigy of Judas in Pathos Cyprus.

The burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual originated in European¬†Christian communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is burned. Other related mistreatment of Judas effigies include hanging, flogging, and exploding with fireworks.¬†Anthropologists generalize these types of activities as “scapegoating rituals”.

LocationPathos, Cyprus
KitNikon D80


An effigy of Judas hangs from a prepared bonfire site close to a Pathos church.


Iconographic religious artefacts left at a shrine for Mary close to the church in Pathos.


Two parishes consult with their priest by the water at the harbour in Pathos.


The side streets around the church in Pathos on Easter Sunday 2010.


A crucified Judas awaits hanging and burning outside a Pathos church.


Reflections of a Mosque in the window of a shop selling Christian iconography. 


Pathos street furniture, of sorts. Take a seat and watch the fireworks.


Judas hangs awaiting to burn outside a church in Pathos Cyprus.


Plenty of fuel for the fire. Judas awaits his fiery demise.


Seating for the locals once the evening festivities begin and the fire starting commences.

It was interesting to capture the moment in-between the hanging of Judas and burning. During the midday sun and heat the town was empty with most sane locals shading from the already hot spring sun. Write some more stuff here and you can pad it out with some quotes and what not of that helps you.