Niaguatá is in a coastal region of Venezuela. The population of Niaguatá preserves one of the richest cultural traditions of the nation. This creative “tiburón”(hammerhead shark painted with swirls) mask by José Betancourt captures the marine fauna of this coastal zone and includes traditional multicolor ribbons. It still represents a diablo nonetheless, showing the variety of shapes and creative interpretations the devils masks can take.Masked dancers often donned bells or jingles and carried whips (fuetes) as symbols of power. Curiously, the “devils” also carried Christian crosses around their necks as symbols of faith and devotion to the Sacrament and celebration of the triumph of Christianity over evil.

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