Dancing Devils

Atanquez, Sierra Nevada, Colombia – 3 June 2010

At the foothill of the snow-covered peaks of Sierra Nevada, within the Kankuamo Indians territory, a colorful celebration of the Christian feast of Corpus Christi is held every year. “The Dance of the Devils” is an ancient tradition kept for centuries in few communities on the Colombia's Caribbean coast. This Christian religious event usually coincides with the summer solstice, which has always been the key point for the native cultures and for the black African slaves. Due to this confluence, the Kankuamo myths and the African animistic rites have blended with the Spanish Catholic festival. The pagan Demon characters, the Indian sacred places and other Pre-Columbian features were incorporated into the Corpus Christi event, often with catholic-friendly significations. Although the ritual celebration of the natural powers and spirits was twisted into an allegorical fight between the God and the Devil (the Good and the Evil), it remains a lively, joyful spectacle.

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Hola Jan....Que chevere todo este encuentro de culturas mezcladas, de su tradicion y que año tras año permanecen, y mas aun que nosotros presenciamos esta procesiòn. Espero tu y tu familia esten bien. Te esperamos el proximo año y vamos a las de mompòs, Cuidate mucho..

Liceth Gutierrez

28.08.2010 – 09:23

HOLA JAN ESPERO Q TE ENCUENTRES BIEN EN TU RECORRIDO POR COLOMBIA, PUES LA VERDAD ME PARESE Q ESAS COSAS NO SE DEBEN CELEBRAR YA Q LA PALABRA DIABLO AL PARESER ES COMO ALGO MALO PERO BUENO BIEN POR ELLOS Y SU CULTURA.

YANNIZA IBARGUEN

24.08.2010 – 11:36

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