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Venezuela lauds UN recognition of 'dancing devils'
Associated Press
2012-12-07 01:43 AM
Venezuela is celebrating UNESCO'S recognition of an annual "dancing devil" ritual as cultural heritage of humanity.

The annual celebrations held during the Feast of Corpus Christi in small communities near Venezuela's central coast feature dozens of dancers wearing devil masks outside churches.

During the ritual, the devils dance backward and surrender to the holy sacrament, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

The dancers are lifelong members of a confraternity that pass down the communities' ancestral traditions.

Confraternity members welcomed the recognition on Thursday, a day after the Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization included the dancing devils ceremony on a list of some of the world's most venerated cultural traditions.

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