Photographer: Pedro Genaro Rodriguez
Music, dancing and singing are the existential, cultural and religious passion in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. In them color is strength of identity and at the same time a coherence with its world and its beliefs. There is a mix of gracefulness, skill, and flirtation.
Colors are used according to the occasion, for specific festivities; they are part of the popular magical-religious world, of its spirits, “mysteries” and metresas. For example, yellow is the color of Ana Isa; purple is the color of Martha the Dominatrix; pink is the color of Metresili; blue is the color of Ogun Balenyo; red and green the colors of Belie Belkan and red is the color of Candelo Cedife.
In Popular religiosity colors have a profound symbolic content. In this costume from a Gaga member the colored ribbons represent the deities, spirits and metresas, components of their pantheon that serve as protection.
Dancing, playing and singing in the Gaga festivities has an existential content of the sacred and profane of thousands of believers in the magical realism of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.