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Dancing With The Devil In Ecuador
One version says "La Diablada de Pillaro," which runs from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6, began in the 1940s when the mainly farming families of Pillaro would gather at the end of the year to discuss their lives. The meetings would extend late into the night and end in tales of devils and souls in pain.
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Revelers dance in La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to celebrate the end of the year and start the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring as many people dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A man dressed up as the devil participates in La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The feast celebrates the end of the year and start the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the feast of the La Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring as many people dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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Costumed revelers take cover from the rain under an umbrella as they arrive to La Diablada to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one, in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The town kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people possible dressed as different characters of the feast, including the main character of the feast, The Devil. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A man with a devil's mask dances in La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the feast of La Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people as possible dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A man with a devil's mask and a bottle of moonshine dances in La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people as possible dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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Children dressed up as devils wait for the beginning of La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The town of Pillaro kicks off the feast of La Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people as possible dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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A man dressed up as a Guaricha dances during La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Residents dress up to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring as many people dressed as different characters that are part of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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A woman dressed up in male character waits for the beginning of La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Residents dress up to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring as many people dressed as different characters that are part of the feast. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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Revelers participate in La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to celebrate the end of the year and start the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people possible dressed as different characters. Originally the devil costume was used to open up space to allow other participants to dance, but over the years the character gained popularity and became the soul of the feast. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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A men dressed up of Guarichas dance in La Diablada in Pillaro, Ecuador, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one. The town of Pillaro kicks off the Diablada with neighborhoods competing to bring in as many people as possible dressed as different characters. (AP Photo/Dolores )

Dancing With The Devil In Ecuador

One version says "La Diablada de Pillaro," which runs from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6, began in the 1940s when the mainly farming families of Pillaro would gather at the end of the year to discuss their lives. The meetings would extend late into the night and end in tales of devils and souls in pain.

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