HIERVE EL AGUA (Water Boils)

HIERVE EL AGUA (Water Boils)

HIERVE EL AGUA (Water Boils)

Our old grandparents kept intimate dealings with the land. For them the earth was a living being that felt and loved them. They maintained a mother-children relationship. As all living beings, earth has parts more sensitive than others.

Unquestionably that in the valleys of Oaxaca emanates from the depth of its bowels, an energy that radiates to all living beings and connects with the sky. Ancestral divine and mystical bridge. Oaxaca is a place where earth and sky kiss. Hierve el agua is an essential place for this love affair between man, earth and the universe.

 

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THE TREASURE OF THE SEVENTH TOMB OF MONTE ALBAN

THE TREASURE OF THE SEVENTH TOMB OF MONTE ALBAN

THE TREASURE OF THE SEVENTH TOMB OF MONTE ALBAN

On January 9, 1932, archaeologist Alfonso Caso, his wife, María Lombardo and a small group of archaeologists and workers, made one of the most important discoveries of Mexican Archaeology insofar as it relates to a finding of gold in quantity and quality.

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Textile Museum

Textile Museum

Textile Museum

In the year 2007 was inaugurated the Textile Museum of Oaxaca in what was part of the former convent of San Pablo dating back to the 16th century, but which suffered severe and consecutive damage by earthquakes that shake the city.

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THE SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS

THE SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS

THE SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS

The Sierra Norte, known as La Sierra Juarez, is a mountain range that runs parallel to the Gulf of Mexico, from the State of Nuevo Leon and as it narrows forms the waist of the nation in Oaxaca, almost joins with the Sierra Sur, mountain chain which runs down from Alaska parallel to the Pacific Ocean and in Oaxaca is called "Mixtec knot".

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EL ZEMPOALTEPETL corazón espiritual Mixe

Written by Guillermo Marin on .

Oaxaca is the spiritual reserve of Mexico. Not only because its mountain ranges have been a natural wall against the invader and the foreign predator.

Or because the treasure of our most essential identity is kept in its bowels.

 

 

 

Nor because in the Central Valley was the encounter of the Olmec, Maya and Zapotec and Mixtec world. Indeed, in the Valle de Etla is San José del Mogote, testimony of the primordial presence of the Olmecs in the Highlands.

 

And in Danizu is evidence of the legendary Mayan presence. Oaxaca was the meeting place of the great cultures of the Anahuac. Testimony of this is given by Monte Alban, the sacred jaguar mountain, which was built 500 years before Teotihuacan.

Oaxaca is the spiritual reserve of Mexico, because in its territory, at least 17 different cultures have developed over thousands of years, making it an ethnic, linguistic and cultural mosaic that is unique in the country.

 

 

The power of the spirit, feeding its children, undoubtedly lies in its "sacred sites". Indeed, Oaxaca has many and various sacred sites, where man, nature and the divine, have concerted in an extraordinary way.

 

Traditions, fiestas, uses and customs are the result of these cosmic and telluric forces that join in the Oaxacan territory and make its cultures, bastions of human greatness. Because the spirit humanizes.

 

One of the "sacred sites" by ancient custom is hills and mountains. Places full of telluric energies and connected with the cosmic energy in the sky. The high mountains are places where "earth and heaven kiss".

 

The hill of the Zempoaltepetl, is one of those wonderful places of power, which has been the spiritual fortress of one of the most significant and traditional of the "Oaxacan" cultures. The mixes, the unconquered people.

 

Indeed, the Mixe people have managed to develop an extraordinary culture of cultural resistance since the very arrival of Aztecs and later the Spaniards. The mixes, more than a warrior people has been a vigorous and strong people. With high self-determination and independence values. This caused that at the beginning of the colony in 1570 they arranged an armed rebellion with indigenous from Oaxaca and Chiapas.

 

The symbol of this attitude towards the world and life of the Mixe people is expressed in the myths of their Messiah, the legendary character named Condoy, who lived in "sacred time" and was a powerful being who guided the Mixe people in their Florid Battle.

Like the mythical Quetzalcoatl, one day Condoy withdrew from the Anahuac, announcing his long awaited return to establish his mandate of wisdom, well-being and balance among his people.

 

So he went to take refuge to the hill of the Zempoaltepetl and "closing from the inside", keeps the cultural and spiritual wealth of their ancient culture.

 

For this reason, for Mixe peoples of today, the hill of the Zempoaltepetl is more than a symbol; it is certainty for the promised bright future.

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