Celedonio Molinar Becoming Major Devil

Interviewee: Celedonio Molinar
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Molinar discusses how he came to play the role of Major Devil in Portobelo. And how he reintroduced the practice of "Blessing" or "Baptizing" the Devil.
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Interviewer: Renee Alexander Craft
Secondary Interviewer: Arturo Lindsay
Date of Interview: 3-Jun-00
Interview Location: Front porch of interviewee's home in Portobelo, Panama
Interview Transcribed By: Gustavo Esquina
English Translation By: Oronike Odeleye, Arturo Lindsay
Ethnoracial Identity Discussed: Afro-Colonial, Afrodescendiente
Cultural Identity: Major Devil in the Congo Tradition
Location Mentioned: Portobelo, Panama; Nombre de Dios, Panama
Congo Spaces:
Congo Characters: Devils and Devil Tradition, Major Devil
Congo Tradition Mentioned: Congo culture, Congo game, Devil embodiment
Cultural Organization: Congos
Themes Mentioned: Blessing the Devil, Congo tradition, Cultural change, Cultural innovation
Cultural Festivals: Carnival
People Mentioned: N/A
Time Period Mentioned: N/A
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Photo by: Renee Alexander Craft