Traditions from the Osa are on display in Guadalupe

Elaborate Boruca mask by Yorjanny Trejos

The bull is surrounded by diablitos in another work by Yorjanny Trejos.

The Diablitos and the famous masks are probably the best-known aspects of Boruca culture. And a group of artists from the Cantón de Osa have captured the native tradition as well as the flora and fauna of their areas to stage an exposition in the Central Valley.

The show is at the Escuela Casa de Artista in Guadalupe. That is part of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The location sometimes is referred to as the Galería de la ECA.

The five artists are members of the Asociación de Artistas de la Península de Osa, based in Ciudad Cortés. There are 19 works in the exposition in all. Many address native Costa Rican traditions.

The Baile de los Diablitos is an event that takes place in several of the Boruca villages at different times in the beginning of the year. The dance actually can be a three-day affair much appreciated by tourists.

The Diablitos or Devils represent the ancestral Boruca people. The other participant is the bull, which represents the conquering Spanish. In one battle after another the disguised Boruca participants fight, die and are reborn. The climax is the defeat of the bull and the burning of the bull garb.

Although the various bailes de Diablitos are well-known, not many of the Central Valley residents have attended, and that is the purpose of the exposition, said the Escuela Casa de Artista.

There is a mentality in the Central Valley that when people talk about the Cantón de Osa, they talk about the natural beauty but ignore the native traditions, the history and the rest of the people there, said Yorjanny Trejos, one of the artists.

The exposition runs through March 29, then the artists and their works are off to the Festival de las Esferas in Palmar Sur, the school said.

The Escuela Casa de Artista is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Guadalupe. The location is 100 meters west and 50 meters south of the Cementerio de Guadalupe.

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