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, July 22, 2018

Of Goddesses and Food...

It's crunch time.  The city is absolutely packed and there are so many things to do... well, you can't do them all.  Friday, it was the annual Festiva des los Moles in the Botanical Garden and the beginning of the competition to see who will be the Diosa Centeotl, the young woman who will lead all the guelaguetza activities.
First, the food,  there were close to twenty different moles from which to choose.
The appetizer plate with quesillo, a chile relleno, a some delicious chapulines!
There were way too many dishes to sample, but it was fun trying a spoonful of many of them.
OK, sometimes more than a spoonful.
And soon, it was almost all gone.
Always a fun event with so many people working behind the scenes.
And right outside the botanical garden, the competition to determine la 2018 Diosa.
I barely caught the end of event.  In fact, it was over, but still great photo ops.
These women always not only look wonderful, but each gives a speech on the special qualities of their village.
And they are all loud and proud.
They, like most all Oaxacans, can declaim!
And who won?   I know, but did not get her picture... yet.  Much more to come... way too much to possibly cover, but it will be fun trying.  You should be here!!


Unknown said...

THANKS Christ - Wish I were there!
Shared it with my FB followers on Living Textiles of Mexico.
Next year - for sure!!!

Bev in CT said...

Yes we SHOULD be there! Steve is definitely disappointed.
But this year we went to the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe New Mexico. An event that should be experienced by all your blog followers
Hopefully next year we will be at Guelaguetza