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Venezuelans celebrate Corpus Christi

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A girl prays inside the house of San Juan, the patron saint of Ocumare de la Costa, on the eve of San Juan Day in the central state of Aragua June 23, 2011. This year's start of San Juan Day celebrations coincides with celebrations for the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi, when people dressed as colourful devils dance on coastal towns before praying in front of churches.

Ariana Cubillos / AP

A woman wearing an fish mask dances during the celebrations of the Catholic Corpus Christi in Naiguata, Venezuela, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Spanish conquerors and Catholic priests presented dancing devils ceremonies to Latin America's African slave population 200 years ago, who adopted them incorporating drums.

Ariana Cubillos / AP

A person dressed as a dancing devil walks on his knees to give thanks for a miracle during a traditional dance celebration in Naiguata, Venezuela, Wednesday June 22, 2011.

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