Carlos Chavarria Memories of Celedonio Molinar

Interviewee: Carlos Chavarría
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Chavarría shares cherished memories of his mentor, Celedonio Molinar, including seeing him "fly" from roof to roof as Major Devil. Chavarría also discusses important lessons and ritual practices that he learned from his mentor about performing the Major Devil role.
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Interviewer: Renee Alexander Craft
Secondary Interviewer: n/a
Date of Interview: Jul-13
Interview Location: On the front porch of his family home in Portobelo, Panama
Interview Transcribed By: Gustavo Esquina
English Translation By: Oronike Odeleye
Ethnoracial Identity Discussed: Afro-Colonial, Afrodescendiente
Cultural Identity: Congo
Location Mentioned: Portobelo, Panama
Congo Spaces:
Congo Characters: Devils and Devil Tradition, Major Devil
Congo Tradition Mentioned: Devil embodiment
Cultural Organization: Congos
Themes Mentioned: Congo tradition, Devil character, Major Devil, Ritual performance
Cultural Festivals: Festival de los Diablos
People Mentioned: Celedonio Molinar
Time Period Mentioned: 1964-1979, 1980-1988, 1989-2003
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Photo by: Renee Alexander Craft