AP PHOTO: Masked devils dance in Ecuadorean mountain town
A devil dancer takes part in “La Diablada” festival in Pillaro, Ecuador, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Thousands of singing and dancing devils take over a mountain town in Ecuador for six days of revelry in the streets.
Herb sent this photo to us today. I think it’s wonderful that we can see a mask being worn in South America just a day ago. More evidence that masquerade is alive and well around the world. 1085
Yeah, these folks there create fanciful masks. However, honestly, I do not like them so much. In my opinion, these masks are too wild, they try to outdo one another by putting ever more horns and features etc. on them. I would surely have had the opportunity to get one of these, but there’s another problem: how to transport them around the world? They are huge and quite fragile. So, better to visit the village and see them while performing alive!
Chris, you are so right about visiting villages. I regret that I never included traveling as part of my mask collecting activities. Many of the tribal art dealers I know do at least some of their acquisitions on site. Troy Yohn, my partner in crime, goes abroad (often with his young son) at least once a year to observe masquerade first hand.