Photographer: Mariano Hernandez
The dancers that lead the Gaga groups receive the military rank of “majors”. Their prestige as artists lies in their dexterity in maneuvering the batons and their ability to dance. Their presentation demands a special costume where the amount of handkerchiefs of various colors they are able to exhibit stands out the most.
The handkerchiefs are symbols of their gods and each color represents a deity. Some dancers use up to 500 handkerchiefs, which proudly hang from their waists. These handkerchiefs are essence and symbol of spirituality.
Colored canes are the symbol of the “majors”, extraordinary dancers with immense manual abilities who preside the Gaga performance in terms of musical-cultural groups in the Batey and in the city streets.
Multicolored handkerchiefs, which hang from their waist and symbolize their deities, stand out in their costume. They are an extraordinary attraction.