Q: Here are several photos from Suchitlan, including an old photograph of the Morenos who are all wearing the masks made by Don Herminio. Pablo, 898
A: The first photo is a coyote by the master maskmaker, Herminio Candelario of Suchitlan, Colima, in western Mexico. His father and his sons were/and are well known makers, but he was, in my opinion, the Picasso of Mexican masks. A+
The second is an old photo of the big celebrations in Suchitlan’s Fiesta of the Animals. This revelry is in conjunction with the Blessing of the Animals. Participants wear masks representing all the animals of the land. Animals of all types, from family pets to farm animals, are brought to the church to be blessed.
One of dances is in honor of the Colored People (Morenos). This dance depicts pairs of animals, who danced in front of the Roman solders guarding the tomb of Jesus to distract them from the resurrection. The masks are made in pairs of both male and female animals, representing Noah’s animals on the Ark.