San Francisco Cajonos

San Francisco Cajonos

San Francisco Cajonos

At the top of the Oaxaca mountains, in one of the most important festivals of our culture, in the early evening, with a clean and clear sky, with a beautiful Moon big and generous, in the center of a pantheon, I had the opportunity to speak, perhaps the most moving talk about our old grandparents, that I have been able to pronounce in my life.

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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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SANTA MARÍA TLAHUITOLTEPEC

SANTA MARÍA TLAHUITOLTEPEC

SANTA MARÍA TLAHUITOLTEPEC

In the heart of the mountains of Oaxaca, it is one of the most significant populations of the state, in terms of music and culture. Pulsating center of the most intimate affairs of Mixe peoples mixes and holder of the heritage and tradition.

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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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ATZOMPA THE NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE


Written by Guillermo Marin on .

The valleys of Oaxaca are the spiritual of the Mexico reserve, because in her tectonic depths beats the flowered heart of our ancient grandparents, those who dedicated their lives, generation after generation, searching for spiritual transcendence of existence.

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Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Indeed, that is the real and most important Cultural heritage which bequeathed us the creators and developers of one of the six oldest civilizations on the planet, and that, in the last five centuries, had no place in projects of the Spanish colonizers and the neo-colonizer of the Creole Governments from 1821 to date.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Knowing the reason why our ancestors invested the lives of many generations, who by the will and self-awareness, worked for 1350 years building the largest material testimony, of their exalted vocation to transcend material reality and penetrate into the unfathomable mysteries of the spirit..

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

The sacred Jaguar Mountain, Daany Beédxe in Zapotec language and Monte Alban in Spanish, represents the purest expression and decanted of this willingness of the Oaxacan peoples to work the material realm only as a means to penetrate into the spiritual realm.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Otherwise cannot be -respectfully- explained the shared effort of peoples and Oaxacan cultures by all together and with centennial tequio, building the "architectural complex" that includes four hills: Monte Alban, Monte Alban chico, the Cerro del Gallo and the newly opened to the public, Cerro de Atzompa.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Aquioaxaca on this occasion came up to this "new archaeological site" open to the public by the INAH. In principle, we will say that the road from a street from the Atzompa village to the parking is completely paved and parking is ample and comfortable. The problem encountered is the guards lack of training, that instead of being guardians, assume themselves as "Nazi guards in concentration camp" and make an uncomfortable sight.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

We wanted to visit the site museum which is at the start of the ascent to the archaeological area, but has been for more than three weeks without electricity, so in another visit will make the corresponding report, giving more and more time, so that the respective authorities can make CFE to fix the damage.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

But returning to the Ancestral heritage of Oaxaca, we say that the lack of interest, knowledge and political will of Oaxaca, both State and municipal officials, have prevented that this Cultural heritage, develops not only as striker and activator of tourism, but most importantly, become an activator of the strengthening and enhancement of Cultural identity and self-esteem of the Oaxacan people.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

In fact, when the "archaeological" no longer serve only as a "tourist attraction", and the human wisdom that designed and built them, and become the steering axis of the values and principles that govern the life of the cultural Inheritors of the original builders.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Because it is precisely there where lies the richness of this potential. Imagine, gentle reader, what would mean for "the ancient Oaxacan", without metals, without spikes and no blades, no pack animals, flattening these hills, carry from distant places and raise billions of tons in stone, carve them, assemble them to build over centuries and centuries these wonderful buildings in a really impressive site.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

The architectural plane of these exceptional sites is exactly the same, since its inception (500 BC) up to its abandonment (850 AD), and only extensions of the buildings were made over the centuries. That is they did not build and then removed and was built elsewhere. Which clearly means that what was built, worked permanently for 1350 years.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

That tells us that the use function must have been of such magnitude and importance that did not expire or went out of fashion. The city of Oaxaca has less than five centuries and no longer works for what was planned and designed. Houses are now hotels, restaurants, shops, offices, banks, etc., the city no longer works as was planned, it is now a tourism hub, commercial and governmental services.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Up till just the middle of the last century, the Creole State became interested the Anahuac ancient past, which with the colonizer language is called "pre-hispanic". During the Colonial period was literally destroyed every trace of the vanquished civilization, considered "demonic and evil".

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

During the 19th century it was brutally sacked by foreigners, who destroyed and stole with indifference and sometimes complacency of the creoles, which have always been characterized by their ignorance and despise of the civilization that has given them asylum and have everything they have.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

We might easily suppose that hundreds of thousands of pieces of our ancient Cultural heritage are part of private collections and museums in Europe and the whole world. Unfortunately, perhaps the best of our Ancestral Tangible Cultural heritage is outside the country, and that if we have today monumental pieces like the so-called Aztec calendar or Coatlicue, it is because they could not "carry them".

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

The lack of a Cultural policy"- by the Creole State, for revaluation and dissemination, especially in the philosophical field it is the reason why the "archaeological zones" are totally disconnected from reality and consciousness of Oaxaca in particular and "Mexicans" in general. It's as if Indian, Chinese or Greek, citizens were completely disconnected from their history and ancient culture.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

Conversely, in those countries their Governments support their development precisely in their millenary past, which gives them strength and power to live the present and design their future. What would the Parthenon be if Greeks and the world did not know Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras, and Tales of Mileto, among many others. It would be just a bunch of stones unconnected with reality.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

That is what happens to us Mexicans and especially to the Oaxacan people, many of who live in Oaxaca City and towns of the Central Valley, and do not know Monte Alban and much less Atzompa. But, it is not their fauylt, but the Creole state that, from the educational system and mass media, still calls the "own-ours", the most ancient and genuine, to our essence and root... PREHISPANIC.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

This "distance" from the own-ours- ancient leaves us defenseless, vulnerable and fragile. Always feeling sorrow and shame, becoming insecure and incapable creatures. Always trying to be something we will never be. Always scorning the own and exalting the foreign.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

We are sure that, the "deep and respectful knowledge of the ancestral own-ours past, is precisely the way to build a bright future". Where "the victors and the vanquished" are finished forever, racism, classism, and the lack of equity and opportunity for all, regardless of their color of skin and phenotype.

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

What Mexico is today, is the birthplace of one of the six oldest civilizations in the world. The current "Mexicans" are a mestizo society culturally, as all in the contemporary world. But not we cannot continue denying stubborn and fanatically the "other part" of ourselves. We cannot build a better world, without the wisdom of our old Grandparents.

 

Atzompa, la nueva zona Arqueológica en Oaxaca

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