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Carnival scene

A scene from the Carnival festival of the Huastecan Nahuas. February 1993. Huautla, Hidalgo, Mexico.

HUAVES

For the Huaves of southeastern Oaxaca, the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi also marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rainy season. They dramatize this transition in the Dance of the Serpent, which expresses primarily Indigenous rather than Catholic beliefs. In the dance, masked figures portray the seasons. The Serpent, wearing a carved and painted head of a snake on his back, symbolizes the dry season. His opponent, the Archer, is dressed in black to represent rain clouds and the rainy season. After pursuing the Serpent throughout the dance, the Archer symbolically decapitates him by removing the Serpent's hat.

 

HUAVES

Para los huaves del sureste de Oaxaca, la fiesta católica de Corpus Christi también marca el fin de la temporada de sequía y el inicio de la temporada de lluvias. Esta transición es dramatizada con la Danza de la Serpiente, que expresa las creencias indígenas por encima de las católicas. En esta danza, hombres enmascarados representan las temporadas. La Serpiente, cargando sobre su espalda una cabeza de serpiente tallada y pintada, simboliza la temporada de sequía. Su adversario, El Arquero, vestido de negro, representa las nubes y la temporada de lluvias. Después de perseguir a La Serpiente durante toda la danza, El Arquero la decapita simbólicamente al quitarle el sombrero.

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Huaves
Corpus Christi
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Huaves
Corpus Christi
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Huaves
Corpus Christi
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