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Portobelo Festival showcases Panama's diverse traditions

AP

Published : Mar 19, 2017, 1:23 pm IST
Updated : Mar 29, 2017, 1:53 pm IST
  • The Portobelo festival, a blend of Catholic and African beliefs, was established in 1999 by the community to preserve their culture in honor of their ancestors (Photo: AP)
    The Portobelo festival, a blend of Catholic and African beliefs, was established in 1999 by the community to preserve their culture in honor of their ancestors (Photo: AP)
  • The biennial festival takes place in the historical town along the Atlantic Panamanian coast (Photo: AP)
    The biennial festival takes place in the historical town along the Atlantic Panamanian coast (Photo: AP)
  • A man, wearing a
    A man, wearing a "devil" costume dance on a wall of the San Jeronimo fort during the Congos and Devils festival in Portobelo (Photo: AP)
  • A man dressed as a
    A man dressed as a "devil" performs near the San Felipe church during the Congos and Devils festival in Portobelo, Panama (Photo: AP)
  • Their ancestors were who were escaped former slaves from the Congo known as “Cimarrons” (Photo: AP)
    Their ancestors were who were escaped former slaves from the Congo known as “Cimarrons” (Photo: AP)
  • A man lays out devils masks before the start of the Congos and Devils festival in Portobelo, Panama (Photo: AP)
    A man lays out devils masks before the start of the Congos and Devils festival in Portobelo, Panama (Photo: AP)
  • Men take part in the Congos and Devils festival outside the San Jeronimo fort in Portobelo, Panama (Photo: AP)
    Men take part in the Congos and Devils festival outside the San Jeronimo fort in Portobelo, Panama (Photo: AP)

Tags: Culture and Heritage, tradition, ancestors