April 20, 2017

For all her calm and gentle dignity, the Virgen de Guadalupe embodies the syncretic spirit of the Mexican people. She is the Catholic manifestation of the ancient Aztec fertility goddess Tonanzin. She is the outcome of a complex intertwining of religions and cultures during the time of the Spanish Conquest. I find no better way of retelling the awe felt in this collision of worlds than through the...

February 23, 2017

          The ceremonial rites of contemporary Catholic Mexico continue to be rooted in ancient Mesoamerican agricultural cycles. The blending of Spanish and Mesoamerican cultural inheritances produced a complex religious syncretism. In light of several ancient Mesoamerican practices that survived despite violent conquest, it's important to establish that the indigenous communities of Mexico were n...

December 30, 2016

            Mexico is a country of many masks - born out of conquest, and survives out of syncretism. Within this struggle, maize stood as the omnipresent nurturer of all the Mexican people. Since the beginning, maize provided the grounds for the growing Mesoamerican ritual canopy. Agriculture in Mesoamerica represents the culmination of a number of interrelated processes, socioeconomic as well as...

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