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Corpus Christi Dance returned to the regions

The Brotherhood of the Holy Sacrament of the Altar celebrated its 273 years of religious tradition in Yare

The traditional religious celebration of the Dancing Devils, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, was held in the states of Miranda, Cojedes and La Guaira, in honor of Corpus Christi.

The streets of the Simón Bolívar municipality (San Francisco de Yare) in the state of Miranda were retaken by the devotees of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, who after two years without face-to-face celebrations due to the covid-19 pandemic, danced to rekindle faith Catholic and worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, this Thursday of Corpus Christi.

The celebration of the 273 years of the Yare Dancing Devils began with the commemoration of deceased ancestors and brothers in the municipal cemetery, located in the El Calvario sector of the Yare population.

Later, the promisers and promisers led by the first foreman of the Brotherhood of the Dancing Devils of Yare, Pablo Azuaje, moved to the doors of the parish church in the central town of Yare, where some knelt and others sat on the floor. to listen to the homily, as a sign of respect for God.

The Eucharist was officiated by Bishop Freddy Fuenmayor of the Diocese of Los Teques, who in his sermon praised the fight between evil (devil) and good (Jesus Christ).

“We must ask ourselves what the Eucharist means to us. In the first place, the Eucharist is the memorial, a liturgical action that actualizes the salvific action of God. The event of the Cross is manifested with the real presence of Christ in the sacred bread and wine, whose elements are: the blood and body of Christ”, praised the priest.

Fuenmayor exclaimed that the Eucharist is an encounter with the Lord and, furthermore, it is a symbol of love, “which must have real effects. We must seek a reunion with us with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit who live a communion of love and it is poured out».

The bishop invited the parishioners of the Brotherhood of the Dancing Devils of Yare to have a commitment to conversion, change and enter into conversation with God.

«The theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas said that there is no Sacrament more Holy than he; the Eucharist nourishes the soul with all the spiritual gifts”, quoted the priest Fuenmayor.

The bishop called on the promisers of the Yare Dancing Devils and the Catholic community to renew their faith in the Eucharist and in Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament today. «I ask today (Thursday) that we come closer to listen to the word and to fulfill the commitments that we acquired. Let us better serve God and our neighbor », he insisted.

At 11:55 am, in the middle of the mass, the priest Fuenmayor swore in 89 new promeseros, of which 56 are women who join the other herders as a sign of public testimony of faith, hope and trust in Christ. Four minutes later, the priest exhorted the new brothers to comply with the precepts of God the Father and the Society of the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Red suits revive the demonstration in the town

After the mass, the beating of the drum and the sound of the maracas was the signal for the first foreman of the Society of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, Pablo Azuaje, to begin the service at the entrance of the San Francisco de Paula church in Yare.

The dance that is the representation of good over evil started with the priests, who together with the brothers dressed in red with crosses on their backs and heads, whips, maracas and colorful masks, toured 44 altars, arranged in honor of Corpus Christi. Christy.

The devotees begged the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar for the end of the covid-19 pandemic, world peace and for the health of the sick.

Governor Héctor Rodríguez, his management train, mayors from Tuyeros, among other government personalities, were present both at the mass and at the Dance tour in tribute to Corpus Christi.

Diabladas Visual Arts Exhibition Established in Resistencia

Gabriela Simoza, secretary of Culture in Miranda, inaugurated the XXXII visual arts exhibition called Diabladas en Resistencia at the Simón Bolívar House Museum, on Ribas street in San Francisco de Yare in the state of Miranda, as part of the celebration of the day of Corpus Christi.

The secretary mentioned that the exhibition of these artistic works will be open to the public for 15 consecutive days.

He described that the exhibition includes the history, culture, religion and tradition of the Simón Bolívar municipality and its Dancing Devils of Yare, whose festival was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( Unesco).

The exhibition brings together the works of more than 20 plastic artists from all over the state of Miranda, who exhibited 52 paintings and 18 sculptures for the enjoyment of all the people who decide to visit the Yara population.

Simoza extended the invitation to the entire population to get to know this popular and religious event with more than 300 years of tradition.

Dancing Devils of Tinaquillo  

The Dancing Devils of Tinaquillo, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, toured the streets of this municipality to demonstrate their devotion to "Corpus Christi".

This traditional route that has been maintained in the Cojedes state for more than 150 years, started from the Casa de los Diablos located in the Anzoátegui sector, to the Nuestra Señora del Socorro Parish, where they stand before the Blessed Sacrament to demonstrate the surrender of evil. before the good. 

This cultural manifestation, has the particularity of being the only one in Venezuela that enters the Catholic Church, there are more than 120 dancers who offer their dances, promises and endless ceremonies to the Body of Christ. 

Carlos Cabrera, foreman of the Tinaquillo Dancing Devils, expressed that the objective of each year is to honor the Blessed Sacrament and surrender to it, "it is the most important thing for us, because if we did not comply with this, we would not be able to wear this costume and dance the rest. of the year, it would be disrespectful not to surrender to the Blessed Sacrament today," he said. 

Cabrera also spoke that the pertinent meetings are being held to turn this tradition into a village festival, as it happens in 11 brother towns of Venezuela that celebrate Corpus Christi and the Dancing Devils, likewise, he expressed that as tinaquilleros they feel committed and they are planting the seed of this festivity in the new generation with the intention of making it last over time.

For his part, Miguel Sánchez, director of Culture for the Mayor's Office of Tinaquillo and dancer of this group, expressed feeling happy to be able to participate in this tradition, "I hope this lasts for many more years, today I am celebrating 25 years dancing like every Thursday of Corpus Christi, we dance and gather in church to express the intention that evil always surrender to good. 

In this sense, he expressed that the entire municipality accompanies this day and therefore after the Holy Mass celebrated and the dances of the Dancing Devils, honors were paid to the father of the Nation Simón Bolívar and he closed the day with a Solemn Session in recognition of all the value, devotion and love for the culture that the group, the parishioners and the tinaquilleros in general maintain. 

Vigil prior to Corpus Christi

The night before Corpus Christi, the dancers gather in the "Casa de los Diablos", and organize a great vigil, which includes the spiritual preparation of the dancers, who pray to the Lord for the strength to continue paying their promises. dancing or collaborating with this brotherhood. 

The vigil is accompanied by a priest and people from the community who care for and love this manifestation of faith and devotion and fight to maintain it.

In addition, the details are evaluated to reveal the splendor of the costumes, choreography and instruments the next day. 

Dancing Devils of Tinaquillo

The Brotherhood of the Dancing Devils of Tinaquillo uses mesh masks with the faces of the devils painted, their costumes are handmade and include bells and sequins, it is important to note that the heritage group wears the colors red and black.

They use a maraca to drive away evil from the dance ritual, a cross for protection, and a cuatro to mark the rhythm of the music.

They have also chosen to add a chest to their suit and on it or stamped on the back, the image of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. 

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

The brotherhood of the Dancing Devils of Tinaquillo was named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 06, 2012 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). 

Since then they maintain the motto "from Tinaquillo to the world", that appointment included 10 more brotherhoods from all over the country, where they also dance and celebrate Corpus Christi, located in the states of Miranda, Vargas, Carabobo, Aragua and Guárico. 

Devils of Naiguatá

The Dancing Devils of Naiguatá, in the state of La Guaira, went out this Thursday to dance, to the ringing of the box, outside the Church of Our Lady of Coromoto, to redeem themselves before the Blessed Sacrament, as part of the Corpus Christi festivities .

«As tradition marks, the Devils come out nine Sundays after Easter. For this year, 500 Devils danced between promising and members of the brotherhood, "said Efrén Iriarte, Major Devil and president of the Naiguatá Dancing Devils brotherhood.

The Corpus Christi festivity began with a mass at 9 am, in the Church of Our Lady of Coromoto, in Pueblo Arriba de Naiguatá, in the state of La Guaira.

The Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, and Governor José Alejandro Terán, who were on the tour with the Danzantes, were present.

Villegas stressed that the Naiguatá Dancing Devils are characterized by dancing with their faces covered by a veil, and masks in hand, followed by their maracas, as well as not entering religious temples, since the tradition began in the years 1700, approximately.

«We are at the foot of the Waraira Repano, in this demonstration of faith, peace and religiosity that identifies Venezuela; which is Cultural Heritage of Humanity and its people keep it alive”, said Villegas, together with Jesús Iriarte, the Greater Devil.

The diablada began to tour the streets of Naiguatá, at noon, coming down from Cerro Colorado, passing through the San Antonio neighborhood and the main avenue to finish or redeem the Blessed Sacrament, at the gates of the Church of Our Lady of Coromoto.

«Today is the second day they dance. Yesterday the promeseros and the new members of the brotherhood came out along with those who have been here for years. It was after praying, some activities and their rituals, "said Carmen Pestana, mother of one of the promisers.

Like every year, color, bells and creativity were present in the masks and costumes of the Naiguatá Dancing Devils. Some represented marine fauna, other deities and figures of evil.

Eleven brotherhoods of Los Diablos Danzantes de Corpus Christi were declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012 by UNESCO as well as Cultural Heritage of La Guaira.

to pay the promise

Karla Pérez, a naiguatareña who emigrated to Chile, returned to her town to be present at this festivity, pay the promise this Corpus Christi and be part of the diablada, as she has done for more than 20 years.

The promise, she said, was made by her family when she was 11 years old, when she was shot and entrusted to the Blessed Sacrament. She from there her tradition of dancing with the Dancing Devils.

“We are believers in the Blessed Sacrament. I started dancing with the diablada when I was 10 years old. But at 11 I was shot. That almost cost me my life. The doctors said that they could not remove the bullet, because he was in a risky place and had to live with the bullet in his body. My family prayed to the Blessed Sacrament for me and a year after this accident, I dropped the bullet. It came out of my body through my mouth. From that moment I assumed a commitment. It doesn't matter where I am, but in Corpus Christi I come to Naiguatá to dance with the devils," Pérez said.

The Blessed Sacrament has accompanied her at the birth of her daughters and grandchildren, that he did not abandon her when she suffered a heart attack and that when she faced a traffic accident, the mantle of his unshakeable faith took care of her.

“I migrated, but I have never broken my promise to come to pay tribute to the Blessed Sacrament. If I were born again, I would choose, forever, to dance with the dancing devils of Naiguatá," Pérez said.

With information from correspondents. Airamy Carreño, Alimar Bueno and Luis Ortega.

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