EL VEJIGANTE BORICUA
Los Vejigantes are one of the most typical folkloric characters in The Festivals of Santiago Apóstol in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Traditional rainbows of the Vejigantes were black, red, white, and yellow. Today, Vejigantes wear brightly colored, ornate masks of all colors and a costume with bat-like wings. This one is representing the Puerto Rico Flag. Their faces are made of coconut. The coconut is practiced two cuts of 45º in the back and are hollowed out. They are carved a grotesque face in which the nose and lips protrude. The teeth are made of bamboo, and the horns are made with the control of the bunch of coconuts. This photo was taken in the Puerto Rico International Folk Fest celebrated in Loíza, P.R. Nikon D3 w/ AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. 100mm Shutter: 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO: 200.
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