Mexico

Fiestas de Juchipila: Costumes, Ferris-Wheels and Processions

Juchipila is a fairly small agrarian-oriented village of roughly 12000 in Mexico's state of Zacatecas. Yet, once a year, thousands upon thousands of Zacatecanos living abroad return to Juchipila and its surrounding areas, ultimately swelling the region with an enormous multitude. It is Juchipila where my dad is from and it was for the festivities… Continue reading Fiestas de Juchipila: Costumes, Ferris-Wheels and Processions

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Mexico

A Museum of Torture: Nobody expects the Mexican Inquisition

When Spain completed its Reconquista (reconquest) of the peninsula from the Moors in 1492, it quickly instituted the Spanish Inquisition with the purpose of rooting out suspected Jews and Muslims. Eventually this process came to be part of its New World colonies as immigration to these new lands was strictly controlled in order to spread… Continue reading A Museum of Torture: Nobody expects the Mexican Inquisition

Food · France · Mexico

Cinco de Mayo: Resisting Imperialism and the French Legacy

When the United States invaded Mexico in 1846 much of the country was divided not just between opposing political camps but also between different regional interests due to a lack of a "Mexican identity". There was no common sense of brotherhood or patriotism despite several decades of independence. Yet the war against a common enemy… Continue reading Cinco de Mayo: Resisting Imperialism and the French Legacy

Food · Mexico

Maintaining Tradition: Eating in Mexico

When people think Mexican food it is often the same old things that are brought to mind: tacos, burritos, enchiladas..ect. Yet Mexican food is so much more than these things and has a rich history dating back thousands of years to when pre-Colombian peoples ruled large-scale empires in what is now Mexico and Central America,… Continue reading Maintaining Tradition: Eating in Mexico