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Pinhole: Burn, Baby, Burn!


Members of the community of Barrio La Concepción pour gasoline over the devil. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
Members of the community of Barrio La Concepción pour gasoline over the devil. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

Every year, without fail, the neighbours of Barrio Concepción in La Antigua Guatemala burn the devil to a crisp. The now-dwindling Guatemalan tradition of setting ablaze a devil-shaped piñata along with a pile of trash at exactly 6PM in order to “purify” people’s homes remains strong in this neighbourhood. The President of the Events Committee of Barrio Concepción, Vitelio Contreras, refers to it as an “ecological burning of the devil,” as they only set fire to a single piñata in town.

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