Meaning of pascola in English:


Pronunciation /pasˈkəʊlə/


(also pascolam)
  • A traditional Yaqui dance usually performed at festivals and weddings; a performer of this dance.

    The dance consists of a rhythmic shuffling of the feet performed to music by one or more masked men wearing rattles around their ankles. Performers may also act as hosts and general entertainers at the celebrations. Their masks usually represent a goat.


(also pascolam)
  • Of or designating a pascola.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Anthropologist. From Mexican Spanish pascola from Yaqui pahko'ola (plural pahko'olam), literally ‘old man of the ceremony’ from pahko ceremony + o'ola old man, perhaps influenced by Spanish Pascua Easter, owing to the fact that these dances were often performed at Easter time.