This article traces the history and meaning of the traslacion or ritual
transfer of the Marian image Dolor in Catanduanes province between
the origin village and the parish center. In the course of the twentieth
century, the location of the image and the control of its devotion have been contested. The ritual first emerged as a compromise between advocates of popular and institutional devotional forms, which eventuated in the fullblown religious procession at present. However, the persistent struggle between the parish center and the village has made the traslacion into an arena for enacting power and the politics of place.
Keywords: ritualization • religion • popular religiosity • Catholicism •