The Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa Mella is distinguished in the fields of music, dance and popular festivities. The Brotherhood musicians play instruments called congos. These congos, the origin of which is attributed to the Holy Spirit, are hand-drums. The Brotherhood, which is nowadays open to all without distinction of sex or origin, was founded in the sixteenth century by African slaves and people of mixed origin. For historical reasons, the Brotherhood is an important part of the cultural identity of its members and of the region as a whole.
Place/country: Dominican Republic,
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2008 sur la liste représentative
Credits: José Guerrero (director) Secretaria de Estado de Cultura [Dominican Republic] (publisher) Museo del Hombre Dominicano (publisher) Comision Dominicana para la UNESCO (co-producer)
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