El Baile de los negritos de Rabinal, Guatemala: transculturación, parodia y cosmovisión

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The dance of the blacks of Rabinal, Guatemala: transculturation, parody and worldview

Michela Elisa Craveri*

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] In this article I propose to study the religious and cultural syncretism that emerged between the Mayan and Afro-descendant society in Central America. In particular, I will focus on the analysis of the Baile de los negritos, a scenic manifestation still represented in Rabinal, Guatemala, on the occasion of the Catholic Christmas holidays. This work, of clear Afro-descendant origin, was adopted by the inhabitants of Rabinal during colonial times due to the intense contacts between the local Mayan community and the Afro-descendant slaves employed in the San Jerónimo sugar mill. The Dance of the Negritos reflects a stratification of symbolic meanings and cultural contents thanks to the transculturation processes that emerged between these two ethnic groups and helps us understand the complexity of cultural phenomena and their multiple cosmological implications.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The dance of the blacks of Rabinal, Guatemala: transculturation, parody and worldview
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)111-138
Number of pages28
JournalCENTROAMERICANA
Volume32
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Baile de los negritos, Indigenous and Afro-descendant Transculturation, Rabinal, Guatemala, Cultural Life in the Sugar Mills.
  • Baile de los negritos, transculturación indígena y afrodescendiente, Rabinal, Guatemala, vida cultural en los ingenios

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