• A type of short prologue used to preface Spanish dramaticworks until the 17th century. It was often used to flatter an audiencethat included high officials; strolling players generally memorizedseveral basic loas and reworded them to suit local dignitaries.Usually accompanied by music, the loa ranged from a short introductorymonologue to a brief drama related in theme to the play that followed.By the 17th century, however, loas were normally reserved fornew works or the religious plays called autos sacramentales.