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Celebrating Latin America

11. Diabladas

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In Latin America, its first settlers, the indigenous people had their gods of nature or the underworld. Upon the arrival of Europeans and the process of Catholicism, the elimination of any pagan element or representation of evil was considered a complex process. The syncretism that occurred in Latin America made the boundaries between religions and paganisms more blurred. In many of our countries there are devils present at carnival and at the time of Corpus Christi festivities  with “diabladas” or dancing devils. Colorful masks with horns, whips are common elements. In the case of Venezuela, along the central coast of Venezuela they celebrate Corpus Christi in a special way, a holiday of the Roman Catholic Church that commemorates the presence of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Groups of adult men, young boys and children, disguised as masked devils, perform dance steps backwards, in an attitude of penance, at the same time that a hierarchy of the Catholic Church advances towards them carrying the Holy Sacrament. The musical accompaniment of the procession is performed with string instruments and percussions, while the faithful sound maracas to ward off evil spirits. At the culminating moment of the celebration, the devils surrender submissive to the Blessed Sacrament, thus symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. The dancers, called "promeseros", are perpetual members of brotherhoods that transmit the historical memory and ancestral traditions of the communities. Each brotherhood makes the diabolical masks of its affiliates and they put them on, at the same time wearing crosses, scapulars and blessed palms. The dancers also wear bells, rattles, scarves, and ribbons to protect themselves against evil spirits. Meridiano 67°  shows us how our South America stripped the devil of the evil and can be picturesque, festive and mocking coupled with a festivity full of faith and Catholicism representing the triumph of good. The dancing devils of Venezuela were declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2012.

Specification: 

Silk satin is a luxury fabric made from silk with a satin finish. It has a floating appearance which drapes very well, especially for formal wear. The fabric is also lightweight, and it has a glossy appearance and extremely soft texture. The luster and delicate touch make silk satin fabric suited to lingerie, flowing evening gowns, scarves, and drapery blouses.  Meridiano is compromised with natural fibers fabric of high quality.

  • Component: 100% mulberry silk
  • Weight: 16MM / 68.8 grams (silk special density measure)
  • Size: 110cm x 110cm

Care tips

  • Dry clean is recommended.
  • Don’t tumble dry. Don’t bleach.
  • Dry in the shade. Avoid direct sunlight.

Designed in Latin America
100% seda- silk
Made in China