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Oh deer… (Friday Night Video)

8 August 2008

Not the highest quality film, but much thanks to “javelogom” for the youtube posting of this danza del venado, from the Compañia de danza regional de Puebla. This ritual dance of Yaqui and Mayo peoples.  The deer hunt has a religious significance beyond a simple thanksgiving ritual. The deer, like Jesus or Osirus or any of those other guys you read about in the Golden Bough is the culture hero who must give his life, and be destroyed by the negative forces — paskolas — and die so we may live.

The principle dancer is Alexis Velazquez Gomez.

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  1. 27 July 2009 12:19 pm

    Very nice rendition!

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