TITLE: Diablo Cojuelo Mask
TYPE: face mask
GENERAL REGION: Caribbean
COUNTRY: Dominican Republic
DESCRIPTION: Macarao for Pinguinos (Penguins) Group
CATALOG ID: CADO001
MAKER: Henry Pasencia Acosta (Bonao, 1980- )
CEREMONY: Carnival; Dominican Independence Day
MAIN MATERIAL: paper maché
OTHER MATERIALS: yucca sap; paint; foam rubber; elastic straps
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 Bonao, various demons known as macarao dance frantically across from groups of girls. Macarao come in many forms, although all members of a group tend to where the same mask and costume.
This specific mask is used by the Pinguinos (Penguins) Group. It was worn in 2022 and 2023 Carnival celebrations by Kiosky Hierro Frías (Bonao, 2009- ).
Click here to watch a short documentary on the Carnival of the Dominican Republic.