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2010-02-20 13:27:15
Yo no se mucho, Senora...I don't know much about what is happening, but it is in Chiapas, very far down in Mexico, where the influence of the indigenous culture is still very strong. Many of the rural people speak Spanish only as a second language, and though they are nominally Roman Catholic, the veneer of Catholicism is quite thin, and most of the beliefs and rituals are in essence pre-Columbian. So although this is happening in and around a church, its institutional roots are in all probability a very ancient Mayan ceremony. All this is why Mexico is such a fascinating and exotic country in which to live and travel. So if you ever have the opportunity to visit a place like San Cristobal de las Casas, por ejemplo, you should by all means do so. There is really nothing like it in Europe. One would have to travel into Asia to encounter cultures as different from western societies as are las gentes indigenos MexIcanos.
2010-02-20 11:08:48
What are they celebrating? What is the story behind this intriguing image?