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Los diablos danzantes de yare, venezuela

Los Diablos Danzantes, Venezuela

Like many religious festivals, Diablos Danzantes serves to commemorate the triumph of good over evil. However, unlike many religious festivals, Diablos Danzantes consists of townspeople dressing up like devils, donning fierce masks, and dancing frenetically around the town square. Welcome to Corpus Christi in Venezuela!

While Diablos Danzantes, or Dancing Devils, is celebrated throughout the central coastal regions of Venezuela, there are subtle differences to each community’s ritual…or not so subtle, in the case of the costumes. In San Francisco de Yare, a town in the state of Miranda, Venezuela, the devils dress in all red and wear masks that resemble winged dragons.