More video from around Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city. In addition to the pedestrians and street performers routinely found in my videos of Santiago, I also included some Catholic worshippers in this video.
Chile is a staunchly Catholic country. There are many Catholic cathedrals and churches in Santiago and in every part of the country. The scenes of worshippers in this video were collected outside a large cathedral called La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes. This was a cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Outside the cathedral was a grotto area which includes a large, flower-covered fake boulder fitted with spigots. On certain days, holy water flows non-stop from these spigots. Devout Santiaguinos visit the grotto to pray and collect holy water in bottles. When I attended Catholic mass as a child in States, holy water was something you dipped your fingers in followed by making the sing of the cross. So it was a little surprising to see Chileans drinking the holy water. After seeing that such a thing was kosher, I topped up my water bottle and downed the power of Jesus in liquid form.
In the video you’ll also see a guy standing on a sidewalk with a llama. An easy way to make a few pesos in Santiago was to buy a llama and digital camera, find an area of the city busy with people, and offer to take people’s picture with the llama. I chose to not get my picture taken; instead I chose to video the guy and his llama. I don’t think he was very comfortable with that.