Mexican Stereotypes & Misconceptions


Ok…  Hmm… Where oh where to start? This is quite a delicate & complex subject.  Today’s post is about Mexican Fact & Fiction.  What can I say, other than… Well it’s insulting, disheartening , & most of all disturbing every time I run into such ridiculous misconceptions about our culture.
Ok… . Where oh where to start? This is quite a delicate & complex subject.  Today’s post is about MEXICAN FACT & FICTION? What can I say, other than… Well,  it’s insulting, disheartening , & most of all disturbing every time I run into such ridiculous misconceptions about our culture.

So, FOR THE RECORD:

FOR A MEXICAN THIS IS NOT A TACO:

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THESE ARE TACOS=

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FACTS ABOUT TACOS: Tacos can be soft or hard, but should NEVER look like Taco Bell shells.

Real Tacos often contain soft  WHITE not yellow cheese,                                                                                                                                                               NEVER yellow grated cheese.

Tacos are not the simple and limited thing they are made out to be.

The taco spectrum is wide, it does not begin with ground beef and end in chicken or fish.

True tacos can contain: just about anything. Steak, pulled chicken, potato puree ,just beans & cheese , just cream, nopales, , or maybe just cheese(Authentic Mexican of course)

*The traditional creme in real tacos is not the sour cream used in Tex Mex style tacos.

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This”Caliente” image was actually on a shirt. So there’s people out there who are going around wearing it?!!  Yikes! Way sad =S LANGUAGE MISCONCEPTION:  I often hear people using or rather MISSusing it the word hot in Spanish. Yes in English hot means something has a high temperature & it is pleasing to the eye. NO! It doesn’t  exactly work the same way in Spanish. If you say that someone is “Caliente” in Spanish, you are either saying one of two things: #1 They are very warm or #2 (slang) They are feeling frisky a.k.a “in the mood”.  Here are some common expressions native spanish speakers would use to say hot:

guapo/guapa = gorgeous , good looking.

bueno/buena=  So fine,

Cuero= A total babe,

Chulo/Chula = Gorgeous

See these  shirts the correct way.  “I’m hot” = sexy

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MISCONCEPTION ABOUT OUR FOLKLORE AND PERFORMING ARTS.  Ok, I’m so tired of seeing the wrong figure, depiction, and symbol plastered all over the friggin place!!!  I hate seeing it on things are 100%  “Mexican products” & so they use these “Mexican Symbols” to represent them. Someone could not understand my gripe about this & tried to get smart & tell me that I must not know that Mexicans have Spanish blood.  No duh! We’re all mixed and there is no culture that 100% original . The way people fail to or refuse to disambiguate the two cultures is what I’m talking about.  That’ be like using British or  Canadian symbols to represent Americans and saying “so what they’re closely related, similar are they not?”  Yes the Spanish were present  & brought their culture to Mexico, but the culture that came after they were gone is a new & separate entity. Try reversing it, try putting a Mariachi in a commercial for something that’s suppose to be Spanish, play it in Spain. Wouldn’t work would it?

FLAMENCOMARIACHI NOT


The “Mariachi” striking a flamenco pose, the cowboy hat instead of a real charro sombrero, so totally rolling my eyes. News flash!!! Mariachis don’t really dance they mostly play & sing!!!  If they should happen to dance it’s certainly not anything in the Flamenco style.  The flower in his mouth??!! Another nod to the Spanish Flamenco style.

The REAL instruments which a true Mariachi makes use of are as follows:

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“Trumpets, Guitars, Violins, a guitarra de golpe (rhythm guitar) , a Vihuela. (The vihuela has five strings, tuned: a-d’-g’-b-e. Though the instrument looks extremely similar to a guitar or a small guitar, the vihuela is remarkably different. The vihuela has a raised or ribbed back, which allows more resonance to the sound and it is typically much smaller than a standard guitar. The vihuela adds harmony and a unique sound that is imperative to mariachi music. All of the instruments within mariachi music are crucial to the specific authentic sound.”- A Mexican folk harp, which usually doubles the base line, but also ornaments the melody.- A Guitarron “Deep voiced-guitar that serves as the base of the ensemble.” –http://www.mariachi.org/history.html


 

 

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Happy Indepedence Day my fellow Mexicans!!


Today September 16 is very special for two reasons:  Today  is Mexico’s independence day &  awesomely enough for me, it also happens to be my birthday!

Here is some brief history of Mexico’s Independence, the  Traditional “Cry” celebrated in Mexico on the night of Sept 15th at “EL ZOCALO”. This is also repeated in Mexican communities throughout the world.  Also  some videos of the beautifully gorgeous, & famed fireworks that are anxiously and joyfully expected by all each year.

ISN’T IT AMAZING!! The whole square is covered with Christmas type lights so it will sparkle for the Independence celebration. Wow!  They make: faces of Mexican historical figures out of them, our flag, an eagle& much more!  It’s so beautiful!

What is el Zocalo? The Zócalo is the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. The plaza used to be known simply as the “Main Square” or “Arms Square,” and today its formal name is “Constitution Square” (Plaza de la Constitución).[1] This name does not come from any of the Mexican constitutionsthat have governed the country but rather from the Cádiz Constitution which was signed in Spain in 1812. However, it is almost always called the “Zócalo” today. This word literally means “base” or “plinth”.     It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexica ceremonies, the swearing in of viceroys, royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi. It has received foreign heads of state and is the main venue for both national celebration and national protest.[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Zocalo

“No, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.” –

http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/el-grito-de-dolores-september-16-2009-edition/


In  1808, Napoleon invaded Spain, and decided to impose his brother José Bonaparte, as king of Spain (1808-1810).  The Criollosfound in this circumstance the opportunity to seek their independence form Spain.

Influenced by the concepts of liberty, equality and democracy proposed by the French philosophers Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Voltaire,  they decided to start a revolt.  It was 1810, and their plan was to start the war on the 2nd of October.  Unfortunately, their plans were discovered in early September. The movement was in trouble. They had two alternatives; either abandon their plans, or move faster and start the revolt immediately. Fortunately for our country they decided upon the second alternative.

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators –Iganacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez–   rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty.  This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years.-

http://www.inside-mexico.com/featureindep.htm

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At 11:00 pm on that September, 1910, President Porfirio Díaz stood on the main balcony of the National Palace, and once again rang the same bell Hidalgo had rung in Dolores. He shouted severalvivas: “Long Live the Heros of the Nation!” “Long Live the Republic!” Below him, in the majestic zócalo that, from the days of the Aztecs had been the ceremonial heart of the Mexican Nation, a hundred thousand voices shouted in reply “¡VIVA!”

But why had the President delivered this grito on the night of the September 15th rather than at dawn on September 16th, when it all really began? A minor historical licence: September 15 was the Day of Saint Porfirio (a Greek saint of the fourth century) and the birthday of President Poririo Díaz. http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/230-el-grito-september-15-or-16


At 11:00 p.m. the crowd becomes silent, as the president of Mexico steps out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then the president gives the Grito de Dolores. He shouts “¡Viva Mexico!” and “¡Viva la independencia!” and the crowd roars the words back at him.- http://www.mexgrocer.com/mexcocina-sep1.html


LET’S SHARE: Mariachi Music


Today’s Chido music section features traditional Mariachi music.  ARTIST: Mariachi Band “Sol de Mexico”(Sun of Mexico)

SONG: King of the Huasteca

If you’ve never listened to Mariachi music before, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it. Mariachi music is amazing! It’s got so many incorporated elements that are reminiscent & that rival those of  Opera, classical music, and choral music.

Brief overview: The song is about a traveling musician who adores his violin and is very happy playing for others, because he is passionate about music. He has met his love, she wants him to give up such a life. He accepts and this is his song of sorrow.

LYRICS TRANSLATION(Here’s a little of the beginning) On a sorrowful night under the Huastecan moon, I swore to leave behind my violin and beatutiful land.  Today I will tell you the reason so you can all know it well. I leave all that i hold dear to follow a lady. Violin, violin  I want to cradle you in my arms so that you can feel  how my soul that is torn apart. Please forgive me,but I will leave you behind and erase you forevermore  from my mind. They say that I am King(music wise) of  the Huasteca Region, it’s what is told on the streets. They hear this violin amongst mouintans & valleys. I hope you can forgive me, and that you will comprehend. You see this time when I play, it will be the last.

WHAT IS THE HUASTECA??

The Huasteca is a region in Mexico that spans over the north of Veracruz, the south of Tamaulipas and parts of the states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro and San Luis Potosí. The Huasteca Potosina is the area within the state of San Luis Potosi, ranging over various municipalities, including Ciudad Valles, Xilitla, Tamazunchale and Taquin. The name Huasteca makes reference to the place where the Huastecos culture developed.
The great cultural diversity of the Huasteca Potosina is preserved until today, formed by important groups of more than 250,000 dwellers speaking náhuatl, tenek and pame. These groups have their origins in the Maya culture of their past and the Mexica of the High Plateau that attempted to conquer them. One of the extraordinary cultural manifestations originated in the Huasteca Potosina is the huasteco or huapango, music that combines violins, guitars and jaranas.
The Huasteca Potosina is part of the Sierra Madre Oriental and is located in the state of San Luis Potosi. It has a rich jungle ecosystem and an exceptional natural beauty with rivers, chasms and waterfalls; perfect scenarios for adventure tourism. The main sites of interest in the Huasteca Potosina are the Tamul Waterfall, the Bridge of God, the Castle of Sir Edward James, Xilitla and the Cave of Swallows. –
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