Essay on The Tradition of the Chivo Mask

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The Chivo mask is from Mexico, typically found in the state of Guerrero. The mask was first created and used in the village, Zitlala, after the Mexican Revolution. It is used for the ritual dance called “La Danza de los Chivos” or Dance of the Goats. However, the dance is now used in many other celebrations and festivities throughout other areas of Mexico, as well. The mask is part of the ceremony known as "the Dance of the Goats” or La Danza de los Chivos. The mask on masksoftheworld.com is from Chilpancingo, State of Guerrero, Mexico. However, the traditional Dance of the Goats began in Zitlala, State of Guerrero, Mexico. The villagers created the dance after the Mexican Revolution in 1910. After the war, an epidemic took place…show more content…
In the ceremony, the dancers line up in two lines dancing while portraying goats. The dancers wear outfits made of white silk thread with normal tennis shoes and socks. The mask, of course, is the most important aspect of the attire. Mask makers typically decorate the masks with horns, a head-dress, or both. They also usually paint them in bright colors, such as the one found on masksoftheworld.com. In some areas, the masks also have colored ribbon at the tips of the horns and hair made of sisal or raffia thread. The dancers are primarily male, though there are some areas that have female dancers, as well. This is the case in Quechultenango, Guerrero, Mexico. Groups of both male and female dancers complete the dance. In the same area, they dance in normal, everyday attire and only wear masks they decorated to resemble the goat. Although the dance originated in Zitlala, dancers perform it today in many regions for many different celebrations and festivities. One of these include “Dia de San Juan Bautista” or Day of Saint Juan. In fact, they perform this and similar dances during celebrations of all the Saints. A parade usually marks the beginning of the festivity. Cars and floats move along the streets. These floats normally all demonstrate some aspect of Mexican culture, such as music. Then, the dancing begins. There is also a firework show. These festivities usually last through the night. The dance is

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