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Humanities and Science University Journal № 48 (Philology and Archaeology, World History, Art History), 2019

Riosucio Carnival, or Carnival of the Devil

Leonardo Victorino
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The Carnival of Riosucio, also known as the Carnival of the Devil, takes 
place in the city of Riosucio, Colombian region of coffee. The patron 
of this carnival is the devil. However, this devil is not connected with 
satanic rituals or anything of the kind. This devil is very little related to 
the devil of the Catholic Church, but mostly to mythological indigenous 
creatures. It symbolizes miscegenation, so its image combines Indig-
enous, Spanish and African features. The devil and the carnival that 
it presides are the symbols of reconciliation of two villages that were 
in confl ict before. This article analyzes the history of this carnival, its 
peculiarity and importance in search of peace and identity of the nation.
Keywords: miscegenation, carnival, mask, aborigines, Africans, Spanish colonist, War of Independence, romanticism
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