REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
YEAR PRINTED: 2012
VALUE: sheet of 10 x 20 peso stamps

In 2012, the Dominican Republic issued a set of five postage stamp sheets, each containing 10 stamps valued at 20 Dominican pesos and all celebrating the Dominican Carnival, which is timed to coincide with Dominican Independence Day. This sheet includes a wide variety of face painting styles of Carnival celebrants who march alongside masqueraders.

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REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
YEAR PRINTED: 2012
VALUE: sheet of 10 x 20 peso stamps

In 2012, the Dominican Republic issued a set of five postage stamp sheets, each containing 10 stamps valued at 20 Dominican pesos and all celebrating the Dominican Carnival, which is timed to coincide with Dominican Independence Day. This sheet includes a wide variety of masks from various towns in the Dominican Republic, including the famed diablos cojuelos of La Vega and lechones of Santiago, and various other traditional mask types from Cotui, Bonao, Montechristi, La Joya, La Romana, Salcedo, Río San Juan, and Santo Domingo.

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REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
YEAR PRINTED: 2012
VALUE: sheet of 10 x 20 peso stamps

In 2012, the Dominican Republic issued a set of five postage stamp sheets, each containing 10 stamps valued at 20 Dominican pesos and all celebrating the Dominican Carnival, which is timed to coincide with Dominican Independence Day. This sheet includes a wide variety of masks from various towns in the Dominican Republic, including the famed diablos cojuelos of La Vega and various other traditional mask types from Cotui, Navarrete, Puerto Plata, Samaná, Río san Juan, San Juan de la Maguana, San Pedro de Macoris, Villa Rivas, and Santo Domingo.

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REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
YEAR PRINTED: 2012
VALUE: sheet of 10 x 20 peso stamps

In 2012, the Dominican Republic issued a set of five postage stamp sheets, each containing 10 stamps valued at 20 Dominican pesos and all celebrating the Dominican Carnival, which is timed to coincide with Dominican Independence Day. This sheet includes a wide variety of face painting styles, as well as masks from the towns of Azua and Puerto Playa.

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REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
YEAR PRINTED: 2012
VALUE: sheet of 10 x 20 peso stamps

In 2012, the Dominican Republic issued a set of five postage stamp sheets, each containing 10 stamps valued at 20 Dominican pesos and all celebrating the Dominican Carnival, which is timed to coincide with Dominican Independence Day. This sheet includes a wide variety of masks from various towns in the Dominican Republic, including the famed diablos cojuelos of La Vega and Constanza, the lechones of Santiago and Barahona, and various other traditional mask types from Valverde, Elias Piña, Puerto Playa, Bonao, Cabral, and Santo Domingo.

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TITLE: Dominican Carnival Mask
TYPE: face mask
GENERAL REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
SUBREGION: Santiago
ETHNICITY: Afro-Latino
DESCRIPTION: Lechón
MAKER: Unknown maker in Santiago de los Caballeros
CEREMONY: Carnival
AGE: 1970s-1980s
MAIN MATERIAL: paper maché
OTHER MATERIALS: gesso; paint

During the Carnival of the Dominican Republic, which actually falls on the Dominican Independence Day rather than the Catholic Mardi Gras, paraders don elaborate masks and costumes to represent devils, monsters, clowns, and other characters.  Different towns have different traditional masks.  In Santiago de los Caballeros, a very large parade involving hundreds of masked marchers takes place every year, prominently featuring characters known as the lechón, or “piglet.”  Notwithstanding their name, they nearly always look like a cross between a duck and a bull. The lechón is one of two traditional masks, the other being the pepín, which looks similar but with horns covered in spikes. Modern pepín masks often substitute elaborate collections of fruit, flowers, geometric shapes, or other creative decorations on the horns.

These diabolical creatures carry rope whips and inflated bladders on a rope (formerly goat bladders, but today mostly rubber) that they use to strike audience members, preferably young women, on the buttocks.  The ritual thereby serves the dual function of providing a release for young male testosterone and reminding the audience of the torments awaiting in Hell.

Traditionally, such masks were made of paper maché like this one, but in modern times they have been increasingly made of fiberglass molded around a sculpted model.  This allows crews of paraders to wear similar masks as a group without the need sculpt each mask individually.  Even so, tremendous work goes into the molding, preparation, painting, and adornment of each mask. Frequently the costumes require months of hand-stitching as well.

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TITLE: Diablo Cojuelo Mask and Costume
TYPE: face mask; costume; accessory
GENERAL REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
SUBREGION: La Vega
ETHNICITY: Afro-Latino
DESCRIPTION: Diablo Cojuelo Carnival Mask and Costume
MAKER: Unknown
CEREMONY: Carnival; Dominican Independence Day
AGE: 2013
MAIN MATERIAL: fiberglass
OTHER MATERIALS: gesso; paint; synthetic hair; metal accessories; glue; glitter; wire mesh; foam rubber padding; elastic straps; plastic rhinestones; plastic ornaments

During the carnival of the Dominican Republic, which actually falls on the Dominican Independence Day rather than the Catholic Mardi Gras, paraders don elaborate masks and costumes to represent devils, monsters, clowns, and other characters.  Different towns have different traditional masks.  In La Vega, a very large parade involving hundreds of masked marchers takes place every year, prominently featuring characters known as the diablo cojuelo, or “tormenting devil.”  These devils carry inflated bladders on a rope (formerly goat bladders, but today mostly rubber) that they use to strike audience members, preferably young women, on the buttocks.  The ritual thereby serves the dual function of providing a release for young male testosterone and reminding the audience of the torments awaiting in Hell.

Traditionally, such masks were made of paper maché, but in modern times they have been increasingly made of fiberglass molded around a sculpted model.  This allows crews of paraders to wear similar masks as a group without the need sculpt each mask individually.  Even so, tremendous work goes into the molding, preparation, painting, and adornment of each mask. Frequently the costumes require months of hand-stitching as well.

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