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The Dancing Devils of Yare is a religious festival held in San Francisco de Yare, Miranda state (Venezuela), the day of Corpus Christi, conducted… Read More
The Dancing Devils of Yare is a religious festival held in San Francisco de Yare, Miranda state (Venezuela), the day of Corpus Christi, conducted by the "Society of the Blessed." Its origin dates back to the eighteenth century, being the oldest brotherhood of the American continent. The fraternity of devils is divided into a hierarchical order, represented in its masks. Every Thursday of Corpus Christi (9 Thursday after Holy Thursday) is a ritual dance called devils dancers wear colorful costumes which (usually completely red), layers and masks of grotesque appearance, as well as ornaments such as crosses, scapulars , beads and other charms. Devils dance to the ringing of the box, a typical drum. Dance through the streets of the town then kneel in unison against the church and remained prostrate in token of respect to the Blessed Sacrament as the priest blesses them. The music and dancing continue while the Devils, who pay a religious promise to become red devils masks, colorful clothes and visit the homes of some Damn dead. The celebration ends with the end of the evening the bells of the church and the fellowship is dispersed until next year, when they get back to representing the rite in which good prevails over evil. Read Less
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