Celedonio Molinar How the Major Devil is Chosen and Trained

Interviewee: Celedonio Molinar
Excerpt Description: In this excerpt, Molinar discusses the process by which the Major Devil is chosen and trained for the role. He also clarifies that he ascended to the role of Major Devil in Nombre de Dios and arrived in Portobelo with the experience and title to play the role.
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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
Congo Spaces:
Congo Characters: Devils and Devil Tradition, Major Devil
Congo Tradition Mentioned: Congo culture, Congo game, Devil embodiment
Cultural Organization: Congos
Themes Mentioned: Congo tradition, Cultural continuity, Major Devil
Cultural Festivals: Carnival
People Mentioned: Raul Jimenez, Carlos Chavarría,"Fulo", "Chanchancito" (son of Chanchan), Une. Eladio, Viudo Ceballos
Time Period Mentioned: 1947-1963, 1964-1979, 1980-1988
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