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The Dancing Devils of Yare (Diablos Danzantes de Yare) is the name of a religious festivity representing the victory of good over evil. It has been celebrated in San Francisco de Yare, Miranda State, Venezuela, the day of Corpus Christi –nine Thursdays after Holy Thursday- since the 18th century. The Sociedades del Santísimo (Societies of the Holiest), the oldest brotherhoods in the American continent, are in charge of the celebrations. The brotherhoods are divided in hierarchical order, represented by the number of horns in their masks. A ritual dance is performed by the Dancing Devils –all male-, who wear red shirts, trousers and stockings, a mask depicting a devil, and canvas sandals. They also wear scapulars, crosses, rosaries, and other sorts of amulets, and carry in one hand a devil-shaped maraca and in the other a whip. In this folkloric festivity devotion is paid to the town’s patron Saint Francis de Paola, to the Blessed Sacrament, and to Jesus Christ. The devoted perform dances around the town’s main square and parade through the streets. Later in the day, they move towards the front of the main church and once mass has ended the Eucharist is placed at the church's entrance. Then, a representation of a fight between the devils and the guardians takes place. Finally, the devils surrender and kneel in front of the Eucharist to show submission. The Dancing Devils of Yare were recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.