The most important artistic mythical figures in Puerto Rico is the Vejigante. The Vejigante of Loiza and Ponce are an important tradition of mask making in Puerto Rico of African origin. The Vejigante represent the Moors. Loiza Mask is elaborate with the coconut shell and the Ponce Mask is elaborate with Papier Mache. With the time a religious syncretism was created in Puerto Rico in which black craftmen designed and made different type of masks that represented their many beliefs and deities. These managed to blend with Christian practice. Ponce Festival is in February, Loiza Festival is by the end of July.
The masks that you will see here has been made by Lydia Perez with the purpose to use it with Yoruba 2 and her students in Bomba and Plena Carnival.
LA COMPARSA DEL MAJA FROM RHODE ISLAND
We use masks for procession, theater, drama, and poems made by children
CABEZUDOS (Big head)
from Fiesta San Sebastian, San Juan, Capital of Puerto Rico