These masks represent the indigenous population in this centuries-old tribal event. This particular diablito mask was used every day in this annual, 3 day ceremony.
This unique diablo mask is adorned with peacock feathers actually, given as a gift to the mask maker thus avoiding having to use feathers of local exotic birds! The ‘hypnotizer‘ is a totem mask refering to mythic tebèk, a supernatural boa constrictor important to Brunka tribal cosmology. A perfect example of the terror and awe that these masks are made to inspire in the si’kua – the European invader and usurper (represented by xamán, the bull) who is being battled by any number of these kagbrú rójk (diablitos in the Brúnkajk language).
Used in the traditional tribal event: Danza/Juego de los Diablitos of 2017-2018 in the village of Boruca, Costa Rica.
- Tribe: Boruca (Brunka)
- Size: 13″ x 23 1/2″ (30.5 x 76 cm)
- Artist: German Morales D.