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Carnival and Diablada festivals are among the most widely recognized celebrations in Latin America. A tradition of devil masks and characters can be found at these and other important cultural and religious festivals throughout the Americas, including Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Devil masks are used in rites, dances, and by performers as a means of visualizing transcendental aspects of different religious and cultural beliefs. This exhibit presents a collection of existing and donated Latin American masks in the Center for Latin American Studies Andean and Amazonian Andean Cultural Artifact Collections, alongside photographs of a Diablada de Píllaro in the Ecuadorian province of Tungurahua taken by Leonardo Carrizo. The majority of masks on display were donated by OSU alumnus Mark Gordon and are accompanied by an adaptation of his 1987 original field study.
For more information, visit the Center for Latin American Studies website.