|My halloween tribute to el diablo de portobelo|
Very briefly. The Diablo de Portobelo is the main character in the Festival of Diablos and Congos held in Portobelo, Colón, Panama.
The Congos of Portobelo today are the descendants of the cimarrones—runaway slaves who fiercely fought for their freedom during the Spanish colonial period. Today, the Congos memorialize their ancestors during Congo Carnival in street performances, music, dance, and costumes. http://www.coloncity.com/congos.html
Diablo de PortobeloI use to hate hate hate the diablos growing up, they scared me shitless. But like most haters I was just a misguided admirer. My brothers got to make their own diablo masks and I'd be stuck doing girl stuff. Diablos are a common figure at Caribbean carnivals, every country has their own version... of course I think my country has the best *wink*
The seed to be a diablo was planted when I went home to Colón, Panama this summer. We were on our way to La Playa (the beach) and I saw the diablo below painted on a wall when we stopped in Portobelo. The painting brought back childhood memories. While we were there, my cousins also took me to see the Portobelo ruins below and also seen in the video above.
Miss Panama won best national costume in the Miss Universe competition in 2009 with her version of the Diablo de Portobelo. You can't tell me this isn't the dream carnival costume for any girl that had to sit back and watch her brothers make their own diablo costumes. *Photo also taken at the Portobelo ruins*
paper mache. I'm pretty crafty, I think I can do it.
Festival de Los Congos - Portobelo, Colón, Panama
Any who, just wanted to give a quick history lesson on my costume so that those Not In The Know understand that the picture below is NOT what I was aiming for. One has nothing to do with the other.