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The Diablo Cojuelo is a horned devil that lashes out at bystanders with an inflated cow bladder to purge the spectators of their sins.
Tourist are highly recommended to join in the celebrations.
Carnival - - la Vega, Santo Domingo, Monte Cristi and San Cristobal, can sometimes go overboard with the celebrations.
People dressed in colorful mask and costumes hit each other with inflated cow and pig bladders as part of the celebration.
Included in his research is correspondence with Haim Horacio López Penha, a Dominican Jewish writer, who encouraged Ucko to write a history of the Jews in the Dominican Republic. Trujillo Molina, pledged the interest and cooperation of the government in support of Ucko's research.
More recently, the publication of the book "Once Jews" has made easily available information on many early Jewish settlers in the Dominican Republic.
Eventually, Sephardim from other countries also arrived.
In the 19th century Jews from Curaçao settled in Hispaniola, although they did not form a strong community.
His research covered much of the history of the Sephardic Jews there and documented the assimilation that the population went through (and was going through) during his time.
Most of them hid their Jewish identities or were unaffiliated with Jewish tradition by that time.
Among their descendants were Dominican President Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal and his issue Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Max Henríquez Ureña, and Camila Henríquez Ureña.
The Chabad outreach center  focuses on assisting the local Jewish population reconnect with their Jewish roots and (because Chabad is of the Chassidic Jewish tradition) it is a source for traditional Judaism in the Dominican Republic.
In Sosua, there is a small Jewish Museum next to the synagogue.