7 junio, 2024

The 6 most famous dances and typical dances of Colima

The dances and typical dances of Colima they encompass a lot of their culture, since they are not based on a single theme but on many folkloric, historical and representative elements of the area.

Religion, historical events and customs of Colima influence their traditional dances. Although some of the traditional dances of Colima are exclusive to the state, others are shared by various Mexican entities.

The representation of battles between indigenous ancestors and invaders is a repetitive theme throughout Mexico and this fact can also be observed in the religious aspect.

Traditional dances of the state of Colima

Traditional dances and dances are carried out especially on special dates for Colima, such as religious celebrations, anniversaries and during fairs and carnivals where participants wear typical costumes and represent various roles to the beat of music.

the dance of the cockerel

This dance comes from the tradition of displaying the roosters before making them fight.

This is a really simple dance where the participants (men and women) wear bright clothes and wooden shoes to stomp against the floor.

The dancers imitate the movement of the roosters by scraping the floor with their feet (producing noise to amplify the effect) and moving their necks as if challenging each other.

It can also be seen as a dance duel, since the participants compete for the applause of the public.

The Morenos

Exclusive to the town of Suchitlán, it is a traditional dance of a religious nature where the dancers dress up as animals with handmade masks specially designed for the occasion and provide a theatrical representation of Noah’s ark.

The masks are usually of goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, roosters and other domestic animals.

It is only carried out on special dates for the Catholic religion, specifically three: Easter Sunday, the day of the Holy Cross and Pentecost Sunday.

The Apaches

Also called the San Bartolomé dance, it is performed in honor of San Bartolomé through the representation of the war between the Mexicans and the French in 1862.

During the dance the contenders of the Mexican side dance asking God for luck in the battle.

The Malinche

La Malinche can be interpreted with a connotation of the type magicalsince it is based on rituals of worship to Pijchal, the Serpent of the Seven Colors. It is interpreted by 14 people who represent the 7 days of the week along with their 7 nights.

In the original ritual, Pijchal was asked for advice and guidance on various issues of a social nature. The actual dance is accompanied by three people who play music, the dancers line up and perform steps imitating the authentic ritual.

The dance of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Held in the dozen of the Virgin of Guadalupe, it congregates people outside the churches to honor the Virgin, pray to her or simply pay respects. There is no limit of participants, although they must be properly organized.

The dance consists of the simple adoration of the Virgin with religious music while prayers and sermons are also related.

After the dance, there are also fairs to expose craft and gastronomic elements.

The dance of the capes

This dance has its origin during the time of Spanish colonization, having a religious background. It is very popular in Suchitlán and is danced in a group, where each individual carries a maraca that sounds to the rhythm of the music.

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