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Traditional Friday Night Video…

2 January 2009

Archbishop de Zumárraga had refrained from forcing the people to conform to strict Spanish religious practices. The indigenous people had enjoyed singing and dancing in their old religion, and Catholic hymns were a great hit with the people. Both European and Mexican musical instruments and rhythms enriched church services. The missionaries were less comfortable with the dancing, but as long as it didn’t have too obvious a relation to the old gods the people were free to dance in front of the church. In the 21st century, they still do.

(Gods, Gachupines and Gringos, © 2008, Richard Grabman)

Video by Pielepataan, posted on Proyecto Sikarios.

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