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El Tope en Dolores
Maker: Edmundo Alburola
Date Made: 1988
Place Made: United States: Washington, D.C.
Measurements: 58.5 cm x 62 cm; 23 1/16 in x 24 7/16 in
Main Subject: Nicaragua (Latin America: Caribbean and Central America)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Communities of Peace and Friendship Interpretation: Each January, a unique cultural pageant involving three small towns and the statues of their patron saints unfold in the Nicaraguan town of Diriamba. On January 19 the patron saint of Diriamba, Saint Sebastian, rendezvous with Saint Mark, of San Marcos, and another Sebastian (of Jinotepe) in the town of Dolores, about two miles from Diriamba. The saints are then invited to go in procession on to Diriamba where they will remain until January 31 when they all return to their respective towns. During the festivities people who have received favors from these saints in response to their prayers dress in typical costumes and take part in traditional dances or participate in "El Güegüense" (circle of dancers in front of cathedral), keeping alive the oldest theater piece in Central America. During this period food and drink are free to all pilgrims in Diriamba. CPF is a US citizen's campaign to raise $2 million for rural development projects in Nicaragua. By becoming a Community of Peace and Friendship, you have joined with the people of Nicaragua in making a "preferential option for peace." For more information contact: Quixote Center/ Quest for Peace, Box 5206, Hyattsville, MD 20782. (301) 699-0042. Poster published by the Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance for use in the CPF project. For more information contact: NCA. Box 5, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 387-4371. © 1988, NCA. All rights reserved.
Acquisition Number: 1996-132
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