Woman dancers (danzantes) perform in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. Woman dancers (danzantes) perform in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.
Woman dancers (danzantes) perform in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. Woman dancers (danzantes) perform in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.
Woman dancers (danzantes) perform in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. Woman dancers (danzantes) perform in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.
A girl dancer (danzante) takes part in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. A girl dancer (danzante) takes part in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.
A girl dancer (danzante) performs in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. A girl dancer (danzante) performs in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.
A girl dancer (danzante) performs in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. A girl dancer (danzante) performs in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.
A girl dancer (danzante) takes part in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador. A girl dancer (danzante) takes part in the religious parade within the Corpus Christi festival in Pujilí, Ecuador.

Corpus Christi dancers

Pujilí, Ecuador – June 2013

Every year in June, thousands of people gather in a small town of Pujili, high in the Andes, to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. Introduced originally during the Spanish conquest of South America, this celebration merges Catholic rituals of Holy Communion with the traditional Andean harvest and sun festivities (Inti, the Inca sun god). Women dancers perform wearing brightly colored costumes while men dancers wear chest ornaments and heavy elaborate headdresses adorned with mirrors, jewelry, or natural items (shells). Being a dancer in the Corpus Christi ceremonial parade (El Danzante) is considered an honour and a privilege by the indigenous people in Ecuador.

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