Mexican Day of the Dead, only with a twist:
in Pomuch, in the Mayan area in Southeastern Mexico, Mayans celebrate their dead by digging out their remains, and cleaning them. Photos here
. The regular Day of the Dead of the dead festivities have been discussed previously on MetaFilter here
, and here
. For those of you who may want to practice, this
is a story en español
. The link to the pictures might be NSFW.
posted by micayetoca
on Nov 2, 2006 -
Mexico City post-election protests,
which began on July 30th at the instigation of López Obrador, former mayor and alleged "loser" of the July 2 federal election, now cover a
12-kilometer (7.5 - mile) stretch of Paseo de la Reforma
one of the main arteries of one of the world's largest cities. Some see it as a party
, others see it as
In any case, a crisis of legitimacy is at hand, as all eyes await the announcement, due by Sept. 6 from "Trife"
the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, which will either decide the winner, or annul the result and call for new elections.
With partisans of Obrador already claiming that the results of the recent partial recount
suggest systematic fraud
, it's unlikely that a smooth resolution is going to come any time soon.
posted by dinsdale
on Aug 23, 2006 -
Mexico's election: now being recounted,
but some are saying it was stolen with our help
. Many countries in Latin and South America have been moving to the left lately, following in the footsteps of Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile.
Argentina actually caught us messing with things during their election, too. Exit polls in Mexico (as in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004) showed a lead for the more leftist (relatively) candidate, and for those who scoff at using exit polls as evidence--in 2004, US Republican Senator Richard Lugar, in Kiev, cited the divergence of exit polls and official polls as solid evidence of “blatant fraud” in the vote count in Ukraine. As a result, the Bush Administration refused to recognize the Ukraine government’s official vote tally.
So, honest election, or what?
posted by amberglow
on Jul 3, 2006 -
The Mexican General Elections
are held tomorrow, and the campaign has been extremely fierce and dirty
. Long-time favorite center-leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador
, of the Party of the Democratic Revolution
, who had been running with an up to 10 percentage point lead earlier this spring, is down to a 2-3 percentage point lead in the last polls before the poll blackout started on the 23rd of June. His main opponent is Felipe Calderón
, of the right-wing National Action Party
, whose Vicente Fox
, an ex-executive of the Coca-Cola company, is the current president. But attacks against López Obrador started several
years ago, when he was the head of government in Mexico City, as right-wing interests and the upper classes saw his populist rhetoric and support from the huge lower classes as a threat to their privilege and way of life. They compare him to Castro
, while his politics may in reality be closer to those of Kirchner
. López Obrador has accused Calderón of corruption and nepotism
, while Calderón has declared López Obrador a danger to Mexico
. Meanwhile, the US would much prefer a right-wing president in Mexico, and some track that to the right wing's willingness to privatize the national oil monopoly
, and of course, most of Latin America has been turning left lately
posted by Joakim Ziegler
on Jul 1, 2006 -
Before Katrina, Hispanics accounted for 3 percent of New Orleans’ population, with just 1,900 Mexicans showing up in the 2004 Census. No one knows for certain how many new ones have arrived, but estimates put the number between 10,000 and 50,000.
posted by ColdChef
on May 9, 2006 -
From the top:
Lula da Silva*
posted by airguitar
on Apr 13, 2006 -
, scattered across the Yucatan peninsula, vary greatly
in shape and size, but are often quite beautiful
in any case. Some cenotes were apparently used for ritual human sacrifice
by the Mayans, and some, say scientists, contain waterlife which may be helpful in treating cancer
. However, these cenotes and their connected ecosystems may be in danger if the rapid and largely unchecked development
of the Maya Riviera
posted by Stauf
on Mar 26, 2006 -
"The make him into something he wasn't."
Today, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, a national holiday, Mexico both honors and reconsiders Benito Juarez (Wikipedia: Eng
," the nation's first indigenous president, who served two
terms in the 1860s and 1870s. The capital city's airport
, a border city
of 1.1M, universities
, and streets and monuments in just
about every town are named
after Juarez, widely considered a national hero. Politicians left and right invoke his name, especially this year as Mexico prepares to elect a new president in July. For many in the Latin American left, he's a regional icon in the vein of Simon Bolivar and Ernesto "Che" Guevara; Havana unveiled a bust
(Span) of him last year. He's held up as a defender of the poor and the indigenous and an opponent to free trade. Today, however, some historians say
he was neither. For those who read Spanish, a leading Mexican (right-of-center) newspaper, El Universal
, also touches on the topic in "Juarez, a controversial icon."
posted by donpedro
on Mar 21, 2006 -
Want the real "Real Thing", plenty of people know to look for the yellow cap and stock up on some passover
Coke. But unsanctioned by the corporation, Mexican Coke
is now showing up in the USA, in the old fashioned glass bottles.
posted by 445supermag
on Mar 19, 2006 -
was the capital city of the Purépecha
Empire (also known as Tarascan
(scroll to middle of page
) isolated from the rest of precolumbian Mexico, the origins of the Purépecha is still unknown. Their language
is one that is not even provisionally linked with any other language
and is still spoken by about 200,000 natives
around Michoacan. The Purépechas were the only state
to become an empire in the Western Mexico cultures.
posted by ozomatli
on Dec 13, 2005 -
lacitedesmortes - documentary on women murdered in ciudad juarez
-- lacitedesmontes.net is not in English, but through its flash presentation and navigation, it should explain enough about the brutality of the unfortunate events that took place in Ciudad Juarez. Since 1993, almost 400 women and girls have been murdered and more than 70 remain missing in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico
While the region's law enforcement as well as state's attorney general were either incompetent or corrupt, more than a dozen women's rights groups
were created to solve the murder as well as to stop the violence in the region. Thanks to international organizations such as Amnesty
, and IACHR
, the number of violent murder on women in the region has degreased for a while, however, the battle still continues
More resources here
posted by grafholic
on Oct 13, 2005 -
"New Mexico, Cleaner than Regular Mexico"
This isn't the first time that Urban Outfitters has crossed the line of good taste. Two years ago, [Urban Outfitters] stopped selling a game called "Ghettopoly" after protests by black civil rights leaders. Last year, it halted sales of a T-shirt that read "Everyone Loves A Jewish Girl," surrounded by dollar signs, after the Anti-Defamation League objected.
As could be expected, not everone
finds this stuff funny.
posted by billysumday
on Jul 22, 2005 -
The island seems to be Mexico's largest. Shows up on Google satellite
but not on the map
. Google Earth yields a few placenames, leading to finding the true name of the island: "Isla Tiburon" presently an ecological reserve
with the nickname "Shark Island". Aside from surrounding shark tours and an occasional visit by kayak
, it seems this place is lonely and untouched.
posted by thisisdrew
on Jul 20, 2005 -
Postage stamps with a side of race baiting.
The Mexican postal service released a series of five stamps today featuring a 1940's era cartoon of a fat lipped jug eared negro child, known for his hapless adventures, and his Aunt Jemima (classic edition, not modern sassy Jemima) mother.
posted by jonson
on Jun 29, 2005 -
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
posted by plep
on Apr 10, 2005 -
Mystery of 'chirping' pyramid decoded:
"A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists." Others are not so sure... Coincidence, or engineering? Did the designers of El Castillo pyramid
cannily build in a sound effect that mimics the warble of the sacred quetzal bird? Listen for yourself, with the .wav file
(first set is the real bird, the second is the pyramid) featured in this Acoustical Society of America page
. I prefer to think it's deliberate; after all, it's possible that early man was experimenting with cave acoustics to to create sound-enhanced rock art
(there are sound samples for this included here
- unfortunately a Geocities site). Also of interest, the BBC programme "Acoustic Shadows
" (requires RealPlayer - *heavy sigh*)
posted by taz
on Feb 8, 2005 -
"Writing a whodunit may sound like an odd thing to do when you are running an insurgency"...
Nevertheless, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
, the mysterious, offbeat leader of the Zapatistas
, and Paco Ignacio Taibo II
, a Mexican crime novelist, are coauthoring a mystery novel live--alternating chapters each week--in the pages of the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada
. So far, they have finished chapters one
(pdf) of Muertos Incomodos, (The Awkward Dead)
. Is there a precedent for this experiment? I love this sort of thing but, unfortunately, my Spanish is insufficient. Any Spanish speakers care to review?
posted by boo
on Dec 22, 2004 -
7,000 Years of Religious Ritual Is Traced in Mexico
Archaeologists have traced the development of religion in one location over a 7,000-year period, reporting that as an early society changed from foraging to settlement to the formation of an archaic state, religion also evolved to match the changing social structure.
This archaeological record, because of its length and completeness, sheds an unusually clear light on the origins of religion, a universal human behavior but one whose evolutionary and social roots are still not well understood.
posted by Postroad
on Dec 21, 2004 -