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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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Frida and Diego - Mexican Passion and Art
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were Mexico's most famous Modernist painters of the twentieth century. The couple, passionate in their love and infidelities, were most passionate about advancing each other in their art.
4. 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.
5. Guatemalan Huipiles – Heritage and Artistry
The colorful and vibrant huipiles of Mayan women emphasize their identity and reflects the history of their people over the course of three thousand years. Each huipil is unique in design. The technology used to create the fabric remains the same since pre-history using the backstrap loom.
6. 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.
7. Chihuahua - Ancient Mexican Dog
Tiny and mute, the ancient Mexican chihuahua was revered by the Toltec and Aztec cultures of Mesoamerica as sacred. They sacrificed the yellow chihuahua to guide its master to the Toltec and Aztec idea of heaven. Sacrificing the red Chihuahua was believed to absorb its master's sins.
8. Pan de Muertos - Bread of the Dead
In Spanish, the phrase pan de muertos means "bread of the dead," and is the traditional sweet-bread baked for Día de los Muertos. The food offerings were meant to sustain the spirits of loved ones on their arduous journey to their underworld. Includes an easy pan de muertos recipe.
9. Calaveras de Azucar - Sugar Skulls
The most important art form to emerge from the rituals of los Dï¿½as de los Muertos in Mexico are calaveras de azucar or sugar skulls. Here you will find a simple and inexpensive calaveras de azucar recipe so you may create your own Mexican folk art. Craft your own edible sugar skulls at home.
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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