The Covered Gentleman and the She Devil figure in unique local tradition

Orihuela celebrated Holy Saturday with one of the most singular and traditional Easter processions, that of the Santo Entierro (Holy Burial), featuring La Diablesa (the She Devil, also known as the Triumph of the Cross), a very valuable sculpture that is the only representation of the Devil with wings, horns and feminine features.

Its other fundamental characteristic is the presence of the Caballero Cubierto (Covered Gentleman), this year played by José Antonio García Gamúz, who was chosen to open the procession carrying the black standard and wearing a top hat which he never takes off, not even to enter the Cathedral, a privilege authorised by a papal bull in 1620.

Also on show in this procession was the only statue of Cristo Yacente (Dead Christ) sculpted by the genius sculptor Francisco de Salzillo.