Cucambas, the bird character wearing a heavy coat made of leaves, is related to the personage of the God. Using the maracas (shakers) Cucambas warn against the Devil.
The group of the Devils (Diablos) represent the Evil. They roughly trample down, they shout and jingle with hundreds of little bells tied up to their legs. They laugh at God.
Negros and Negritas, both male and female with colorful hats, are protectors. With their wooden machetes they defend Cucambas (God's messengers) against Diablos (Devils).
The Cucamba bird costume is made of palm tree leaves, stitched up into a 3-4 meters long strip. The adult's dancer costume may weigh up to 25 kilograms.
The whole spectacle makes stops at places which are worshiped as sacred in the Kankuamo mythology. The Devils perform a fast rough dance demonstrating a fictitious fight.
Religious syncretism is clearly expressed during the Corpus Christi event. Unrelated traditions were incorporated into the Christian (catholic) platform.
Devils, carrying small mirrors on the backs, wish to take possession of the Sun's fecundity power by attracting its reflections and imprison it on their backs.
The Cucamba bird character comes from the Kankuamo Indian tradition. Kankuamos are the native inhabitants of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
As the African slaves worshiped the demonic spirits regularly, it is presumed that the Devil character has its roots in animistic cults from western Africa.
The whole Corpus Christi procession dance around the village three times a day. The most important spot of the path is the Church where the mass is celebrated.
When the procession stops in front of the improvised altars made along the path, the Devils always kneel down and bow down their heads facing the God.