Oswaldo Ortega Palma, is a young Mexican who played the role of Jesus in the Passion Play of Iztapalapa
The most important and most difficult role to play in the Passion of Jesus which is presented in the district of Iztapalapa, is that of Jesus.
It is a great honor for any young man in the district to be chosen for this complex role, but also a great responsibility, since the whole staging of the play centers on him.
Physically, it is very demanding. Very early on Good Friday, the young man has to bear the lashes meted out by the “Romans”; a crown of thorns is placed on his head and he has to carry a 220 pound wooden cross along a route of several kilometers. Finally, after climbing the Estrella hill, he is crucified – he is not actually crucified, he’s bound with ropes -, before the eyes of millions of spectators.
Let’s find out a bit more about this Mexican youth, endowed with such great physical and spiritual strength.
*What’s your name?
Oswaldo Ortega Palma.
*How old are you?