Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

By Kim Groves Firecrackers from the churchyard hurtle over-head with the intention of scaring away evil spirits while ghosts, ghouls, and devils dance in the streets. The Cathedral is piled high with flowers. Candles burn bright for every prayer a...

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Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Gifts of Culture: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca

Here in Oaxaca, there is currently a strange word on everybody s lips: Guelaguetza. From the Zapotec Indian language it means an offering or gift. In cultures based on exchange and trade it can also be considered in terms of an action or service ...

En Via Events, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle

Feathers, food, and friends: The Festival of the Year in Teotitlan

This week, the town of Teotitlan is enjoying its main festival of the year, la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre del Cristo, a weeklong town party that honours and celebrates the town church. It is a chance for the people to acknowledge the colour, lif...

Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Lining up for Cheese: The Delights of Shopping outside the Supermarket

By Kim Groves I had my orange market bag tucked under my arm, and a few 10 peso coins jingling ready in my hand. I think I was flicking idly through a newspaper that someone had left on the counter. A woman of about 40 years sidled up beside me an...