May 13, 2021

A tradition in Nicaragua is claimed with “violence” the betrayal of Judas

Managua, Apr 1 (EFE) .- Hundreds of young people with colorful masks and costumes chained and dragged others wearing the apostle “Judas” costumes this Thursday through the main streets of Masatepe, a small municipality located in the southwest of Nicaragua.

The festival known as “Los Encadenados”, which has been celebrated in Masatepe for more than a century, was also attended by dozens of Nicaraguan Catholics and onlookers who photographed and took videos of the punishment of Judas Iscariot.

Dressed in miniskirts, stockings, dresses and masks, hundreds of people, mostly young people and children, chased, captured, and then dragged a Judas tied with long chains around his waist.

At least 200 “executioners”, who are distinguished by wearing hats made of yellow, white, blue, red or green colored paper, used chains of regular size and thickness to carry out the punishment, while the “Judas” wear clothing thick so as not to be hurt when they fall to the ground, while being pulled.

The pilgrimage of colors spread through the main streets of Masatepe, located 48 kilometers south of Managua.

Although the biblical texts do not refer to a violent punishment of Judas after his betrayal of Jesus Christ, the traditionalists of “The Earthbound” affirm that the misrepresentation is part of the hubbub of the celebration.

As part of the transition, some families distribute chicha, a corn-based drink, to all “Los Encadenados” participants.

This tradition takes place on Good Thursday and Good Friday.


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