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Venezuela's Corpus Christi Celebrations 2021

Carrying masks of animals and sea monsters, residents of all ages went out to dance in the ancient ritual known as Dancing Devils that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

June 04, 2021

A dancer carries a devil mask during Corpus Christi celebrations in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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A man dressed as a dancing devil holds his mask before the start of Corpus Christi celebrations in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela.

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A man dressed as a dancing devil dons his mask inside his home before the start of Corpus Christi celebrations in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela.

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People dance in devil costumes to celebrate the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela.

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People dressed in devil costumes celebrate the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela.

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A man dressed in a devil costume holds his mask during a celebration marking the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela. Carrying masks of animals and sea monsters, residents of all ages went out to dance in the ritual known as Dancing Devils that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

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Dancing devils shake maracas during Corpus Christi celebrations in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Carnival-like dance, in which the devils pay penance and ask for relief from physical ailments, symbolizes the ongoing struggle between good and evil. The tradition dates to 1742, when liberal priests in Venezuela used it to include African slaves who were not permitted to worship in the same church as their white masters.

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People dressed in devil costumes celebrate the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela.

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A man in a devil costume crawls on his knees toward a church as he pays a penance as part of celebrations of the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela.

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A devil dancer takes a break surrounded by his children during Corpus Christi celebrations in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela.

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A woman dressed in a devil costume carries a baby during celebrations of the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela.

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People dressed in devil costumes celebrate the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela.

AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

A child plays with a dancing devil mask during Corpus Christi celebrations in San Francisco de Yare, Venezuela.

AP Photo/Matias Delacroix