This past Sunday Charlie & I headed south out of town to what was billed as a culinary event in the small town of Santa Ana Zegache, a trip of about an hour through the beautiful countryside.
Upon arrival we were directed to the church, since the event was taking place on its grounds. We ascended some steps, as the church grounds are above street level, then stopped in our tracks ~
Due to the usual lack of prior research, this glorious sight was a complete surprise. It's one of the churches renovated under the patronage of Rudolfo Morales. More information on that at the end of this thread. For now let's take our first look inside the church ~
I am completely knocked out by the sheer number of colonial-era furnishings in such great condition ~
There is no lily-gilding like Mexican church lily-gilding!
I'm eager to see more in here, but for now we can hear music so head outside.
Thank you Bixa, wonderful start. I think if someone asked me to describe Mexico with the first thoughts that pop into my head it would likely be 1. colourful 2. food or 3 celebrations. Think this report will embed those first thoughts further.
Thanks, all! Fumobici, it has to be said that I didn't like anything I ate -- really, it was not good at all. Charlie said she liked the stuff she had, so all was not lost. At any rate, the day felt like a Mexican interpretation of an English church fête, so we were quite happy, as indeed was everyone there.
Looks as though there is fun in store for the night ~
These pictures were taken as Charlie & I were walking around town with a view to going to the cemetery ~
There was more than one graffito expressing someones poor opinion of Natha Hernández ~
A classic image of a small Mexican town with the road to the cemetery to the right. That's all you'll see of it, as it was at this point we wisely abandoned that endeavor so as not to court heatstroke ~
It looks like a very fun day, even if the food was not great. I also like the fact that it does not appear to have been crowded. As much fun as events are in downtown Oaxaca, the crowds make it a bit more challenging.
Sorry, Kerouac -- didn't see your comment while I was posting. Yes, it was just the right amount of people to feel jolly and successful. But do remember that you visited Oaxaca at a time when it is guaranteed to be overrun by people.
Time to wind this up. Let's go back to the big tent ~
Charlie & I grabbed ourselves large beverages and sat back to cool off and finally see the dancers perform ~
Time to find some transportation back home. 'Bye Santa Ana and thanks for a great day ~
The pictures of the interiors of San Antonino's and Ocotlán's churches, while impressive in their ways, will reveal why I was so knocked out by the sheer amount of colonial baroque splendor still extant in Santa Ana's church.
One thing that is a bit surprising in churches in Mexico, Italy and quite a few other places is that after all of the craftsmanship put into the statues and other decorations over the centuries, it seems to have been totally accepted to throw in some plastic or plaster dolls in the 20th century, clearly to give the local seamstresses a chance to make some fancy costumes for them.
it seems to have been totally accepted to throw in some plastic or plaster dolls in the 20th century
Piety does not automatically guarantee good taste! I imagine that over the years various church ladies said, "Oh, I want to make something pretty for the church", and no one had the heart to turn them down. In the grand scheme of things, that does seem appropriate.
I know the story of Malinche -- she is the subject of one of the first novels I read in Spanish.
I read a novelized biography of her in the fairly recent past & wish I could remember the title, as it was pretty good. In attempting to look it up, I came across this tv series, which I'd very much like to see. (If I find it, I'll pass it along) The actress playing Malinche is from Guatemala: remezcla.com/film/news-new-mexican-series-malinche/
Well, I have been racking my brain trying to remember the book I read. I had it in my mind that it was a library book & was vainly trying to envision it. Finally it came to me, and it's a book I own and highly recommend, as it wonderfully covers the time of the conquest up to 1525 and all the principals are believably brought to life.
Just caught up - invigorating viewing seeing all the colour and the photos that just absolutely illustrate/ capture the movement in the dancing. Thanks for the wonderful thread but also for the link to the book.