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The Paradox of the Fiesta de los Diablitos

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Material Information

Title: The Paradox of the Fiesta de los Diablitos Tradition and Change Among the Boruca of Costa Rica
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Gibbs, Martin Louis
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Boruca
Fiesta
Tourism
Costa Rica
Central America
Mask
Mesoamerica
Ingigenous
Indian
Devil
Diablo
Diablito
Diabolism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The Boruca people of Costa Rica�s annual celebration, the Fiesta de los Diablitos (or "Fiesta of the Little Devils"), celebrates Borucan traditions and cultural identity in a parody of the Spanish conquest accompanied by communal festivities. While the Fiesta functions to build an indigenous sense of identity, culture, and community, it also invites change and foreign influences in the form of tourism and income from the sale of indigenous crafts and local services revolving around the celebration. This creates a seeming paradox as the very event meant to preserve Boruca�s traditional culture simultaneously serves to alter it. These two functions of the fiesta, however, are not incompatible. The alterations that occur in Borucan culture and society spurred by the Fiesta de los Diablitos in response to the pressures of the modern world may be seen as adaptations to it. These adaptations change Boruca culture, as it has always been changing, maintaining it as a dynamic and enduring part of the modern world.
Statement of Responsibility: by Martin Louis Gibbs
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Andrews, Anthony

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 G4
System ID: NCFE003927:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003927/00001

Material Information

Title: The Paradox of the Fiesta de los Diablitos Tradition and Change Among the Boruca of Costa Rica
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Gibbs, Martin Louis
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Boruca
Fiesta
Tourism
Costa Rica
Central America
Mask
Mesoamerica
Ingigenous
Indian
Devil
Diablo
Diablito
Diabolism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The Boruca people of Costa Rica�s annual celebration, the Fiesta de los Diablitos (or "Fiesta of the Little Devils"), celebrates Borucan traditions and cultural identity in a parody of the Spanish conquest accompanied by communal festivities. While the Fiesta functions to build an indigenous sense of identity, culture, and community, it also invites change and foreign influences in the form of tourism and income from the sale of indigenous crafts and local services revolving around the celebration. This creates a seeming paradox as the very event meant to preserve Boruca�s traditional culture simultaneously serves to alter it. These two functions of the fiesta, however, are not incompatible. The alterations that occur in Borucan culture and society spurred by the Fiesta de los Diablitos in response to the pressures of the modern world may be seen as adaptations to it. These adaptations change Boruca culture, as it has always been changing, maintaining it as a dynamic and enduring part of the modern world.
Statement of Responsibility: by Martin Louis Gibbs
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Andrews, Anthony

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 G4
System ID: NCFE003927:00001

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