The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tlacolula calenda

As I wrote earlier, the calendas or processions in Tlacolula are something else.  These are long events, almost seven hours.  They process and dance through the streets, stopping at various stations to rest and get something to eat.  This is an annual religious fiesta celebrating the Virgin of the Rosario and people come out in droves.  There is such a feeling of joy and happiness, it is palpable.  People are so friendly.  We were given tamales and horchata and spoke with lots of folks.  It seemed that we were as much of a spectacle to them as they were to us.  We saw not one other gringo.  What a good time.
It is obvious that the people of Tlacolula are into these celebrations.  As I say, the joy is palpable.  For the men and boys, there are marmotas, the globes they carry and with which they dance.
For the girls and women, there are the canastas to carry and with which they dance.  You can see these ladies are carrying the letters spelling "Rosario."
Young, old and every age in between, all were there and having a good time.
They start young and that's why they are so good at it.
 What a beautiful face.  I do believe he might be enjoying himself.
There are lots of threads to follow so it may take a couple of posts to cover the action.  And of course, there is the stunning beauty of these people. 
Ay! Mi corazon.

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