Cora Indians, wearing masks and paper crowns, take a part in the sacred ritual ceremony of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Jesús María, Nayarit, Mexico, 21 April 2011. The annual week-long Easter ... more 
Cora Indians, wearing masks and paper crowns, take a part in the sacred ritual ceremony of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Jesús María, Nayarit, Mexico, 21 April 2011. The annual week-long Easter festivity (called ?La Judea?), performed in the rugged mountain country of Sierra del Nayar, merges indigenous tradition (regeneration of life worshipping) and animistic beliefs with the Christian dogma. Each year, the Cora villages are taken over by hundreds of wildly running men. Painted all over their semi-naked bodies, fighting ritual battles with wooden swords and dancing crazily, they perform demons (the evil) that metaphorically chase Jesus Christ, kill him, but finally fail due to his resurrection. La Judea, the Holy Week sacred spectacle, represents the most truthful expression of the Coras' culture, religiosity and identity. less 
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