The Mama Negra is a Cotopaxi festivity twice a year in September and November with the main event being November. Its origin is lost in history, in a mixture of mestizo demonstrations : pagan and religious, indigenous, African and Spanish, the same as their characters, rituals, costumes, dance and music give life, retraced every year since the XVII. In XXI is a celebration that pays homage to the Virgen de la Merced on whom according to tradition, gratitude and appreciation for the protection in one of eruptive processes of the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. (information from www.mamanegra.com.ec)The Mama Negra traditionally is a man dressed as a woman painted in black
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