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The celebration of Corpus Cristy dates back to 1251, sanctioned by Pope Urban. In the town of La Villa de Los Santos on Azuero Peninsula, during the main day of celebrations the streets surrounding the plaza of the Church of San Anastasio are carpeted with elaborate scenes all created using flowers!

After early-morning mass, the celebration heads outside to the streets (over all the beautiful murals!) for a procession lead by clerics of the Catholic Church. Following is a parade of Dirty devils, Dwarf dolls, Parrampanes, the torito guapo, afrocolonial Zaracunde, and the Players of the conquest of Montezuma all displaying a blend of cultural and folkloric traditions that have evolved since of the days of the conquest and keep alive through many generations by oral tradition.


One of the main events is the dance of the Gran Diablo, symbolizing the battle between good and evil. Colorful devils and angels take turns dancing and acting out their respective roles. Eventually, good prevails and the devils are beaten.