Mexican Masks from the state of Nayarit

Nayarit State Mexican Masks

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.
Cora Mask: Judio mask worn for La Judea Cora during easter in Jesus Maria Nayarit.  An indian equinox ceremony overlaid with missionary Holy Week practices.  Their masks are difficult to come by as they get destroyed in the river after the four day fiesta Mexican Mask for sale by Galeria Olinala Buy Mexican Masks online About us and our mexican mask collection for sale Cantact us for information about our masks Terms & Conditions Galeria Olinala by Brewster Brocmann Complete Mexican Masks Collection For Sale