Nayarit is home to the Cora people who live in small communities deep in the Sierra Madre mountains. For Holy Week the town of Jesus Maria gets taken over by hundreds of male dancers to carry out the yearly Judea Cora. In this drama the re-enactment of the passion of Christ is syncretized with traditional initiation rites related to the spring equinox in a good vs. evil struggle. For three days hundreds of marching judios wearing papier-mache masks of animals and devils, representing the forces of night, persecute Christ who represents the sun to the Cora. Every day of the Holy Week the colors used to paint the bodies and masks change from all white to black and white to wild colors. On Holy Saturday when the rituals have been completed all the dancers go down to the river to wash their bodies and destroy the masks as an act of purification.