Bruca men wearing masks chase a 'bull' through the streets as part of the El Juego de los Diablitos (Dance of the Little Devils) festival Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3382683/Costa-Rica-s-Boruca-tribe-enacts-resistance-against-Spanish-conquerors.html#ixzz3wHxb3voI Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Bruca men wearing masks chase a ‘bull’ through the streets as part of the El Juego de los Diablitos (Dance of the Little Devils) festival

A Costa Rican indigenous tribe’s resistance against Spanish conquerors some 500 years ago has been re-enacted in a colourful festival featuring menacing wooden masks and a man dressed as a bull.

Every year, Boruca tribesmen paint themselves and don the hand-carved masks before chasing the ‘bull’, which represents the Spanish, through the streets at the colourful El Juego de los Diablitos (Dance of the Little Devils) ritual.

The masked tribesmen represent the 'little devils' while the man wearing the bull costume represents the Spanish conquerors Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3382683/Costa-Rica-s-Boruca-tribe-enacts-resistance-against-Spanish-conquerors.html#ixzz3wHxhzirq Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
The masked tribesmen represent the ‘little devils’ while the man wearing the bull costume represents the Spanish conquerors

Held over the New Year, the men represent devils in one of the most important traditional festivals in Boruca culture.

The centuries-old festival starts at midnight on 30 December and ends on 2 January at an indigenous settlement in the Pacific coast province of Puntarenas.

The wooden masks worn during the festival are carved by members of the tribe and usually depict scary faces or birds or animals Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3382683/Costa-Rica-s-Boruca-tribe-enacts-resistance-against-Spanish-conquerors.html#ixzz3wHxoJKv7 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
The wooden masks worn during the festival are carved by members of the tribe and usually depict scary faces or birds or animals

About 2,500 people live on the reserve, which is set among the Talamanca Mountains about 12 miles from the Costa Rica-Panama border.

The festival celebrates the fact that Boruca culture and traditions remain intact after Costa Rica was colonised by the Spanish, who called tribe members ‘little devils’.

Boruca men wearing carved masks relax during festivities. The festival is held over four days and coincides with the start of the new year Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3382683/Costa-Rica-s-Boruca-tribe-enacts-resistance-against-Spanish-conquerors.html#ixzz3wHxu7Rl5 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Boruca men wearing carved masks relax during festivities. The festival is held over four days and coincides with the start of the new year

Spanish is the dominant language within the tribe today and many members identify as Roman Catholic after the religion was introduced by the Spanish in the 1500s.

The El Juego de los Diablitos (Dance of the Little Devils) is one of the most important traditional festivals in Boruca culture Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3382683/Costa-Rica-s-Boruca-tribe-enacts-resistance-against-Spanish-conquerors.html#ixzz3wHxzc6gN Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
The El Juego de los Diablitos (Dance of the Little Devils) is one of the most important traditional festivals in Boruca culture

However, beliefs in Boruca legends and a god named Sibu that existed before the Spanish arrived have not been completely abandoned.

The elaborately carved devil masks are usually one of two different types – diablo or ecological.

Diablo masks depict scary faces while ecological masks depict birds or animals.

Mask-making has become an important part of the tribe’s survival, with its handmade crafts being sold in tourist shops across the country.

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About 2,500 people live on the reserve, which is set among the Talamanca Mountains about 12 miles from the Costa Rica-Panama border
About 2,500 people live on the reserve, which is set among the Talamanca Mountains about 12 miles from the Costa Rica-Panama border

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