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Here are the top ten articles for the Hispanic Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. How Hispanics Celebrate Thanksgiving
Growing up Hispanic in the United States is unique compared to any other experience through out the Latin American world. It is a complex yet full experience in that you find yourself learning and respecting your roots

2. The Blue Amaryllis, a Book Review
The Blue Amaryllis is a romantic adventure that takes place deep in the remotest areas of the Amazon rainforest. In addition to being a heartrending love story, the author, Sonia de Leon explores ecological, social and political issues affecting the survival of the indigenous people of the Amazon.

3. 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.

4. Quinceañeras
There are many places on the web where one might find out what the traditions of the Quiceañera celebration are as well as the gifts that are commonly given. In this article, I am going to cover the history of the Quiceañera as well as the meanings behind the celebration.

5. What are Telenovelas?
Telenovelas make for fascinating television, and you are probably more familiar with them than you think! (Ever watched Ugly Betty? It was originally a Columbian telenovela.) But beware-these television shows can be highly addictive and require some major time commitment. You’ve been warned!

6. Traditions of Quinceañeras
The traditions of Quinceañeras may vary from family to family and from region to region but for the most part the core of the traditions are the same.

7. 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.

8. Chocolate - Ancient Drink of the Gods
Treasured by native Mesoamericans for thousands of years, chocolate is the most significant cultural gift from the New World. Cacao beans highly prized and endowed with magical and spiritual powers were originally used to make a chocolate drink for the most elite of Mesoamerican society.

9. The Sanchez Sisters
The story of the fascinating and beautiful Sánchez sisters is a story of heroism and intrigue during the United States Civil War. The Sanchez sisters were heroines to the Confederate Army who effectively stymied the plot of the Union officers and kept a constant stream of intelligence flowing for th

10. Loreta Janeta Velazquez
Loreta Velazquez, inspired by Joan of Arc’s story as a child, is the only woman to have served in the Civil War as a socialite spy and as a male officer in battle simultaneously. Soldiers who served with Lieutenant Buford confirmed that he conducted himself with integrity and conduct becoming an off

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