Standing on top of the Pirámide de la Luna at Teotihuacan in Mexico. During excavations of the Pyramid of the Moon, archeologists have found many tombs. One was dedicated to The Great Goddess which contained a single human male sacrificial victim as well as a wolf, puma, serpent, bird skeletons, and more than 400 other relics which include a large greenstone and obsidian figurines, ceremonial knives, and spear points. Mexico I love you.
We visited the Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano over the weekend. The most standout of the parade performers, for me were the Chinelos! The word “chinelos” is derived from the Nahuatl word “zineloquie” which means “disguised”. The dance is one of many to develop after the Spanish conquest as native traditions and rites blended into Christian festivals. One of these is Carnival, with its traditions of wearing masks, role reversal, anonymity and behaviors not normally tolerated. The Chinelos became popular in the Mexican state of Morelos and the Federal District of Mexico City, especially the boroughs of Milpa Alta and Xochimilco. This dance developed as a mockery of the Europeans with their fine clothing, beards, fair skin and obnoxious mannerisms. It was so inspiring to see the pride and community of the Mexican people during this parade and the details of the costumes were incredible!