"The roof had fallen in long ago "
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Iglesia de Navahermosa
Public DomainIglesia de Navahermosa - Credit: Andres Garcia
 Coelho was brought up in the Jesuit faith. However, he was soon to rebel against his strict upbringing, during which time his parents had repeatedly committed him to a mental institution for dreaming of becoming a writer, and in 1968 he became a self-proclaimed ‘hippie’. The abandoned church, taken over by nature, may therefore symbolize the role of religion in Coelho’s life: ‘Spirituality has nothing to do with whether you believe in God or not: it is an approach to life.’