The Boruca indigenous community, in Buenos Aires, southern Puntarenas, is famous for its carved wooden masks and cultural displays such as the “Los Diablitos” (Little Devils) festival, held at the end of the year.

These crafts, as well as the emblematic dance, are a faithful display of post-Spanish conquest culture, influenced by spiritual motifs and the role of nature in their lives (with representations of jaguars, bats, pigs or combinations of animal and human features).

For the “Los Diablitos” celebration, held every year between December 28 and January 2, the Borucas reenact the resistance put up against Spanish conquerors.
In the dance, one of the Borucas wears the mask of a bull and a sac, representing the Spanish oppressors. In the opposite corner, a group of little devils (indigenous warriors) chase and try to kill the bull.

According to the legend, at the beginning, the bull kills the little devils; however, they later come back to life and destroy the animal.

On top of being a rich display of indigenous culture and crafts, this festival is known for the strong physical contact of its dance and “chicha” drinking (traditional indigenous alcoholic beverage made of corn or other fermented fruit).

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