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Hermandad de Sagrada Mortaja, Seville, Semana Santa, Andalusia, Spain..Semana Santa de Sevilla, Catholic Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, is one of the most important traditional, cultural and spiritual events in Seville. The origins of the penitential Holy Week in Seville are to be found in the late Middle Ages. At the heart of Semana Santa are the brotherhoods (Hermandades y Cofradias de Penitencia).  At the centre of each procession are the pasos, an image or set of images set atop a movable float of wood. When a brotherhood has three pasos, the first one would be a sculpted scene of the Passion or an allegorical scene, known as a misterio (mystery); the second an image of Christ and the third an image of the Virgin Mary known as a dolorosa. Many sculptures are of great antiquity and considered artistic masterpieces. A total of 60 penitential processions are organized by hermandades and cofradías, religious brotherhoods. Members precede the pasos dressed in penitential robes and hoods. Sometimes accompanied by brass bands. They take designated routes from home churches and chapels to the Cathedral and back again. Improvised flamenco songs "saetas" are sung to the processions from balconies. The marchers are often accompanied by brass bands, cappella choirs, or a drum and trumpet (historical traditions for a poorer neighborhood)