Local April 16, 2022 | 8:44 am

Gaga procession takes place amidst controversy

Traditional Gagá dance - photo from elnacional.com.do

Santo Domingo.- On Friday, followers of Gagá, a cultural and religious celebration that blends Catholicism and African spiritual traditions, turned out in large numbers to celebrate in several parts of the Dominican Republic, despite the controversy caused after the city of San Pedro de Macorís banned this ritual this year.

One of the most crowded Gagá processions started in Hato Mayor, in the east of the country, and its participants traveled long distances for the celebrations, where music, bright colors, and revelry go hand in hand.

The pilgrimage was joined by more and more followers along the way, closely guarded by police officers who ordered the organizers to turn down the music when they went past Evangelical or Catholic churches.

One of the leaders of this Gagá is Rafael Emilio ‘El brujo’, who highlighted the importance of the celebration for Dominican culture, describing it as “a tradition”.

The Gagá is a series of religious rituals, accompanied by music and dance, which are celebrated during Easter Week. They originated in the rará music brought over by Haitian migrants who worked in the sugar cane fields of the eastern Dominican Republic.

The celebrations begin on the evening of Easter Thursday with the lifting of the chair, a ritual that consists of confirming the participants’ commitments or promises, which are made for a period of three to seven years.

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Ramon Garcia
April 16, 2022 10:33 am

That’s Haitian witchcraft and the catholic does not blend with no satanic ritual. IT SHOULD BE BANNED

Last edited 2 years ago by Ramon Garcia
Felix Arroyo
April 16, 2022 6:28 pm
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

It should be allowed to be done in the presence of Dominican!!

Felix Arroyo
April 16, 2022 10:28 pm

They will displace you and you will not longer exist! That is how you wanted it since you ignored the lessons of 1822.

Alberto martinez
April 17, 2022 11:08 am

This is exclusive haitian rituals of those who lived in DR cuting cane sugar in 19 century and now they want to make DR blend with haitian traditions that no one in middle or upper class identifies with gaga dance, we are not letting the UN and USA make us blend with haitian population and make it easier for them to unify the island, its not going to happen, it didnt happened when boyer invaded Santo Domingo its not going to happen now

Felix Arroyo
April 17, 2022 5:17 pm

Who wrote Article 64 of the Dominican constitution without considering that DR is under demographic, political, and cultural attack and that DR shares an island with an aggressor?
We must rewrite the constitution to protect native culture, traditions and native means of productions!
NOT MORE UNLIMITED FREEEDOMS that can degrade and even destroy the Dominican identity, culture, history, language and economy.