1 February, 2017

Celebration in Mitziton, Chiapas (Fiesta en Mitziton)

Chiapas México Travel

(Texto en español al final del blog post.)

– Have some Coca-cola, my friend insisted. Have som pox!
I don´t have the habit of drinking much of neither beverage, of which the latter may need an explanation. Pox may sound like a disease, but only if it´s badly pronounced. It´s correct pronunciation is “poch”, and far from a viral plague it´s the local aguardiente, i e distilled alcohol, of the mountainous parts of central Chiapas.

I had some, just a little, but the fact I drank a little alcohol is not the reason why I can´t tell you much about the religious celebration I had been invited too. The reason is I just didn´t understand much of it. Chiapa has a lot of religious traditions, generally a mix of native – in this case tzotzil – traditions and catholisism. I´m not much of an expert of neither of them. Anyway the people in Mitziton, a small village southeast of San Cristobal de las Casas, had brought together some crucifixes, normally kept in different private houses, in the church and had prayed for them. Now they were brought back to their normal altars, in the company of a brass orchestra, copal – that´s a mexican kind of incense and spooky-looking what they called payasos (clowns); young boys and girls dressed up like zombies. And by firework, as in most religious occasions in Mexico, if not in all of them.

Thanks to my friend Manuel, who invited me and to Rafael, who was in charge of the church building and give me permission to take these photos!

 

-Toma un poco de Coca-cola, mi invitó mi amigo. Aquí tienes, toma un poco de pox!

No tengo el habito de tomar mucho de ninguna de esas bebidas, de las cuales la última quizás necesita una explicación. Pox es el aguardiente local de las partes montañosas del centro de Chiapas, hecho con azúcar, maíz y trigo.

Me serví un poco, pero el hecho de que había tomado un traguito no fue la razón porque no tengo mucha información sobre la celebración al cual había sido invitado. El motivo es que sencillamente no entendía mucho de ella. Chiapas está llena de tradiciones religiosas, por lo general una mezcla entre costumbres nativas – en este caso tzotzil – y católicas. No soy muy experto en ninguno de los dos. De todas formas la gente de Mitziton, un pueblo al sureste de San Cristobal de las Casas, habían reunido varios crucifijos, normalmente alojados en diferentes casas privadas, para rezarlos. Ahora los devolvieron a sus altares normales, acompañados por una banda musical, copal y payasos con cara horripilante, jóvenes y jovencitas vestidos de zombies. Y por supuesto por fuegos artificiales, como en la mayoría de las fiestas religiosas en México, si no en todas.

Doy gracias a mi amigo Manuel, que me invitó, y a Rafael, cuidador de la iglesia, que me dió permiso para sacar estas fotos.

 

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