The Ball of La Lora

Although at another time here at yoors I wrote something short about this dance, I want to explain to you better what it is about, it is a dance that takes place in the state of Aragua Venezuela.

Many of the aboriginal groups in our country, who were not absorbed into Hispanic culture at the time of the colony, perform ancestral rituals within their cultures that are often not understood by other cultures.


The rituals that include what we call “La Lora” or should be called “La lloradera” are very common in our ancestral cultures, for example those of the Wayu ethnic group in the Venezuelan guajira and the Sierra de Perijá, perform a ritual called “el Desentierro”, once the person or family member has died, a few years after death, they dig it up, this act is sacred, full of songs that accompany him, relatives cry in a moving way to the deceased and caress his remains, recalling anecdotes of times lived with the deceased, the good times they spent together, once the ritual is over, they rebury him.

Aboriginal people in central Venezuela culminate death events and some holidays with the act of mourning deceased close relatives.
In the state of Aragua (Central Region of Venezuela), the dance of la lora takes place on November 2, coinciding with the catholic faith when the day of the dead saints is celebrated, or day of the dead, it is believed that this has been happening since the time of the colony when Venezuela was colonized and the catholic religion was imposed by the monks present in the region, in fact one of the parts of this dance, La Chispa”, is where the deceased are imitated, under the influence of alcohol, then the act of “crying” takes place .
Over time this dance was adapted, cultures were mixed and only the festive phase of these demonstrations that gave the name of this dance “LA LLORA”.

Review about this dance

It takes place in the victory Estado Aragua, since the pre-Hispanic era, is a dance with choreography, takes place on November 2, day of the dead, day of the dead possibly since the time of the colony was taken on that day, as explained above
The instruments used are the four, the maracas, the drummer, double bass, guitar and bandolin, are sung and danced to the sound of creole music, mixed with contradanza, joropo, valse and of like not something merengue.

The wardrobe is very simple for ladies, long flowered skirt or under the knee, fly blouse, espadrilles and flowers on the hair. For men white trousers and flannel or white shirt, red scarf at collar, s worker made of straw and espadrilles

Over time this dance has undergone transformations, has six segments or parts, was declared cultural heritage of Ribas, Aragua State.

The segments that currently consist of are as follows:
- The Sambainina.
- La Vaca.
- Melero Bear.
- The Spark.
- San Juan and Magdalena.
- El Palito.

The Sambainina
It is a gentle joropo rhythm, almost valse, couples are placed in a circle around a silver banana, and dance gently clockwise.

La Vaca
This part of the dance man simulates bullfighting the woman, evokes the evenings of bulls manifestation inherited from the Spanish culture, the man wears a red scarf with which he performs the bullfighting movement, the woman don the index fingers simulates the cachos de la vaca.

The Melero Bear.
She dances moving around imitating the walking of the bear with shrunk arms and clumsy and jocous movements

The Spark.
It is the most jocous of the parts of this dance men move as if they were drunk and women struggle to keep them standing.

San Juan and Magdalena
The man imitates a saint and goes after the woman who seems to pray with his hands with his palms joined, is a gentle rhythm and the hobre seems to shelter with his hat the woman, who chases around the place.

The stick
Couples grabbed by the waist to dance circulate around the place while they go round are waiting for another couple with a strider to knock them down.
The purpose of this dance known in this region of Venezuela is to move from generation to generation of cultural traditions, to keep our identity alive.

The photos were taken from cultural pages of the Venezuelan state and some articles on the web: