Saturday, November 16, 2013
I've been meaning to post this picture of our visit to the Carnival display that they have at the free cultural museum in downtown Santiago. The statue behind the kids is attired in a traditional dress designed by a really famous designer (whose name escapes me because, frankly, most names do--and the energy I spend learning names is better invested on those who go to my church or the kids' school). A man wore this costume for Carnival, which is a Mardi Gras type Dominican festival celebrated the month of February every weekend. He's dressed in the "Steal the Chicken" role, which Wikipedia tells me men in dresses adopted originally as a clever way to steal chickens, stuffing their dress with chickens to serve as hips and breasts. There are other statues in the room also of the other central character of Carnival, The Limping Devil. That's the guy behind Abigail with horns holding the silk bag. He's a fancy version of the real thing. Normally the silk bag is an animal bladder filled with air that I have been warned is used to hit girls on the butt. A fascinating celebration, sometime I'll have to ignore the strong warnings to the contrary (i.e. this is not the place for a gringo) and go to see it for myself. It doesn't sound like a real family-oriented scene, so logistically speaking, it may not be soon. But I may just have to see this for myself someday.