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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Hispanic Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your Hispanic Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Costa Rica's Oil Palm Plantations
: In Costa Rica I explored the two hundred miles of Pacific coastline from the north Pacific area of Liberia to the central Pacific area of Quepos. In the central Pacific, particularly around Quepos, I was impressed by boundless forests of palm trees extending for miles along the highway.
2. Costa Rica's Mangrove Forest on Isla Damas
One of Costa Rica’s most important mangrove forests is on Isla Damas that lies just off Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast near the town of Quepos. I had the opportunity to explore the mangrove swamp on Isla Damas currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica.
3. Days of the Dead (Los Días de los Muertos)
Días de los Muertos, Days of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important annual observances. The ritual dates back 3000 years to their Aztec forebears. The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzalcoatl created the human race by pouring his blood over the ashes and bones of his ancestors.
4. Latin American Death and Funeral Rituals
In most Latin American cultures death is intricately entwined with life. In many Western cultures people avoid talking or even thinking about death. Conversely, Latin Americans seem to embrace death. They may fear death but it is not ignored as a distasteful subject.
5. Fiesta de Quinceaños
The ancient tribes of Mesoamerica celebrated rites of passage for their girls. Becoming a woman was an honor, sacred, a privilege and something to truly cherish. The fascinating evolution of the rite from that of a simple agrarian indigenous tribe to the extreme Quinceañera Expos of the U.S.
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7. Nicaragua Inter-Oceanic Canal
For centuries governments, businessmen and explorers have dreamed of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Countless deals have been made and abandoned. The latest news from Nicaragua is the announcement of a deal with a Chinese businessman to build a canal through Nicaragua.
8. The Infatuations Book Review
Javier Marias’ new novel, The Infatuations is engrossing and enticingly driven by an ostensibly random murder that is revealed to be much more through the unique view of a woman’s endlessly expanding imaginings.
9. Panama Canal and Culture
The Republic of Panama has a cultural diversity that is uniquely rich as a result of the continual procession of international visitors to one of the greatest engineering marvels of the world, the Panama Canal. Panamanians are known for their warm acceptance, tolerance and harmony.
10. Ancient Mayan Culture
The ancient Mayan civilization dates back to 3200 B.C. and was situated in what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and part of Honduras. The Mayan people of Mesoamerica expressed their culture through their achievements in astronomy, mathematics, great palaces and temples, art, music and dance.
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