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Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival

Jean Muteba Rahier


With its rich mix of cultures, European influences, colonial tensions, and migration from bordering nations, Ecuador has long drawn the interest of ethnographers, historians, and political scientists. This book delivers a highly detailed, thought-provoking examination of the racial, sexual, and social complexities of Afro-Ecuadorian culture, as revealed through the annual Festival of the Kings. During the Festival, the people of various villages and towns of Esmeraldas—Ecuador's province most associated with blackness—engage in celebratory and parodic portrayals, often donning masks, cross-dre ... More

Keywords: Ecuador, Afro-Ecuadorian culture, Festival of the Kings, Esmeraldas, blackness, identity, class, gender relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037511
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Muteba Rahier, author
Florida International University