The Kabru is a mysterious being, which was born in a hill called Brugra, in the vicinity Boruca. The moment called kak ij is when the night ends, and the dawn begins; it is the time to play the accoustic shells, drums, and flutes; it is also the time when the Warriors are born and start dancing with their costumes and their masks portraying the macaws, eagles, crocodiles, peccaries, jaguars, and many other mythical beings acknowledged by the villagers. With their roars, chanteys, and music, they announce the arrival of the Warriors who were born behind the sun and will fight and protect the people from the envious xaman (intruder) whom is thirsty for land, slaves, and gold.
The Kabru Rojc, sometimes win and sometimes lose their battles. Just when the invaders believe they have succeeded, the Kabru leader gives the order to capture, kill, and burn the bull in a bonfire. For the borucas, fire represents the joy of a new life and the closing of our traditional year-end festivities.
Note: The Kabru ^Rojc don’t use the name of the “little devils’ dance” anymore; according to the tradition, they are mysterious beings and not devils.
Article written by Melvin González Rojas
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