Diablos en Tocuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.

"En términos generales, los personajes onmipresentes en las pastorelas mexicanas son: el ángel (que representa el arcángel Miguel), los pastores, el ermitaño (que encarna el espíritu de los ancestros) y el demonio siempre interesado y dispuesto a robarse al Niño Jesús, el Niño Sol. Lucifer, enemigo de la luz y señor de las tinieblas, es posible que ocupara, para los primeros indígenas conversos, el lugar de Yayahuqui Texcatlipocatl, el negro, y es casi siempre el personaje más importante de las pastorelas."(Carlos Romero Giordano)

"Pastorelas" are dramatizations of the shepherds’ journey to see the infant Jesus. They enact the struggle of angels against the devils that are trying to hinder the shepherds. 

Photography © Florence Leyret Jeune 

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