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    Traditional dance

    by shavy Updated Feb 23, 2014

    Ever heard of Mariachi and Corrido. In the time of ancient Mexican civilizations was making music is very important during festivities, ceremonies and other religious events

    Musical instruments were usually kept in a secret place. Songs were also a good way to pass knowledge from generation to generation or to tell in the form of ballads

    The famous Mayan mural of Bonampak shows a group of musicians playing instruments seen during a ceremony such as peel mushrooms shield, flutes, shells and tom-tom drums

    During the colonial period, the Spanish missionaries realized how important music and dance were in pre-Hispanic cultures, this could be used to convey the original inhabitants
    Spanish language and traditions

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    The Peso Sign Looks Like The Dollar Sign

    by briantravelman Written Dec 24, 2013

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    I'm not sure if all the resort towns do this, but I know that Cabo San Lucas, has all prices listed in USD. Well, the dollar sign and the peso sign look almost identical. The only difference is, that the peso sign has one line going through it instead of two.

    It's almost impossible to tell the difference, so look really close at the symbol, so you don't end up over paying, or under paying. If you still can't tell, just ask the vendor or restaurant worker, if the price is in pesos or dollars.

    I read about this in my Mexico guidebook, and it is a common mistake that tourists made, so I thought it would be good to mention.

    It turns out that the dollar symbol, is often incorrectly written with one dash. I just noticed on my keyboard, that it has only one dash, so the $ sign on the keyboard, is actually the peso sign.

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    local area great for agriculture and aquaculture

    by gwened Written Oct 7, 2012

    aquaculture is great big here shrimp big ones probably the ones you enjoy the most in your local favorite restaurant comes from here.

    Great folks hard work,and lovely results,enjoy Mexican shrimps wherever you are. The visits can be arrange in groups with the local folks and the tourist office. Especially welcome are those in veterinary and aquaculture areas.

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    by Twan Updated Jul 27, 2012

    The Maya (Maya Yucateeks: maaya'ob, Spanish: mayas) are a people of southern Mexico and northern Central America. The term is used as an umbrella term for 29 indigenous people from the same region, the same cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

    Today there are about 8 to 9 million Mayas, the vast majority living in Guatemala and southern Mexico (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Chiapas and Tabasco), with smaller communities in Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. In the United States and northern Mexico live relatively large emigrant communities.

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    by alyf1961 Updated Feb 8, 2009

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    It is popular belief in Mexico that the dead have divine permission to visit friends and relatives on earth. once a year during the days of the dead the living offer food, candles and flowers to their loved ones that have died. This occasion is not morbid but a celebration of the passed ones lives. It is thought that the souls of children visit on November 1st and adults on November 2nd. Many shops sell skeletons dressed in clothes and performing everyday activities.

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    by alyf1961 Written Feb 8, 2009

    The Mayan people are indigenous to parts of Mexico and Central America. They can be traced back as far as 2600 BC. The Mayans still live and work in parts of Mexico especially around Chichen Itsa, which was once a commercial, religious and military centre. The Mayans living around Chichen itsa sell local crafts on stalls within the ancient site, many wearing traditional dress.

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    many customs

    by rkearns Updated Oct 14, 2008

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    1. people go in the ocean with clothes on, and sit or lay in the sand as the water laps up over them.

    2. vendors and musicians often come onto local and regional buses to make money. some of the treats they sell are plantanes, juice sold in plastic bags, and a type of fried pig skin with a hot sauce.

    3. men (mostly men) will lift their shirts up over their bellies and stand on the street corner, for no apparent reason.

    4. the women don´t generally drink outdoors, but in closed quarters, like a restaurant or home.

    5. people throw their trash on the ground. PLEASE DON´T DO IT! mexico´s rivers and oceans are very polluted because of this.

    6. you will always be approached by vendors on the beach, especially in tourist destinations. some of these vendors are children and old women. it breaks my heart.

    7- some street food includes juices topped with peanuts, corn with hot salsa served in a cup, hot dogs wrapped in bacon, fruit, tacos, horchata, pastries and juices served in plastic bags.

    8. the "clean" standard is different than in the u.s.

    9. stray animals are abundant.

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    Symbol of the nation

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Oct 26, 2007

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    The Aztecs believed that the place where the gods were born , the very centre of the earth, would be revealed to them by the sighting of an eagle perched on a cactus and with a snake in its beak. Where the eagle was sighted became the centre of their civilization - their capital city, Tenochtitlan - now the the sprawling megalopolis of Mexico City.

    The snake-bearing eagle has become the country's coat of arms and takes pride of place as the centrepiece of the nation's flag whilst the colours are symbolic of hope (green), unity (white) and the blood of the heroes of the revolution (red).

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    Dance of the Viejecitos

    by madamx Written Jan 13, 2007

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    We got lucky and managed to see a performance of the Viejecitos (Little Old Men). This is a dance said to have been invented by the local Purepecha during the early colonial period to mock the Spanish colonists.

    The dancers were boys from about 6-12 years old, and they wore pink wrinkly masks, plus had on hard-soled wooden sandals, which they use to make a lot of noise stumbling around, as the names suggests, like clumsy old men.

    You can usually see performances of the Viejecitos at the major hotels, and on weekends at the Casa de los Once Patios, around noon.

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    by madamx Updated Jan 13, 2007

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    Rebozos semed part of life in the Mexican countryside and it seemed most females wore one. They use it for warmth, to accessorize, and even to carry their babies on their backs as well. You can get rebozos ranging from very expensive at some of the craft shops, to inexpensive at the local markets.

    I bought mine at the local markets, I guess their version of the fake pashmina. They are much better quality and more distinctive than fake pashminas and just as cheap; plus they're great souveniers to buy for people back home.

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    Carry Small Bills

    by madamx Written Jan 5, 2007

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    When carrying pesos, make sure you have plenty of small bills. It seems that no one has change or if any, very little. It doesn't make sense, as they issue large bills, so someone must use them! And if everyone has small bills, someone must have change ... if I think about it too much, it drives me crazy, so trust me, carry lots of small bills and change.

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    Day of the Dead (El Dia De los Muertos)

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Nov 29, 2006

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    Although it looks like Halloween, it is not Halloween!

    During the Dia de los Muertos, which occurs every year on November 1 and 2, many Mexican families honor their ancestors and their dead with home altars and/or by visiting and spending time in the cementerio where their loved ones are buried. This was originally thought as to greet the spirits as they return to the home for 24 hours each year.

    There are different traditions within the large one itself so the way it is celebrated might change from region to region or even from family to family . But basically this day is very important to Mexicans and most people will take the 2 days to visit the graves of their loved ones. The more rural the place is is the more traditional the celebration is.

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    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 18, 2006

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    Mexico's modern-day Zapatista movement had its roots in the southern state of Chiapas Although they are mostly associated with Chiapas, the Zapatistas aim is to represent " the dispossessed millions" of the whole country against both the one-party system of the government and wealthy international interests who they see as having oppressed the the indigenous people for the last 500 years and virtually all the country's population for the last 70 years.

    Arguing that the land should belong to those who work it (and indigenous Mexicans own virtually no land at all) their aims include land reform, an end to illiteracy, dignity in the workplace and respect for indigenous peoples and cultures as well as the recognition and implimentation of many basic rights for all the population that currently, and sadly, are available to relatively few.

    In January this year (2006), the Zapatistas began a tour of all 31 states in Mexico - a six month long journey labelled La Otra Campana - The Other Campaign - the end of which will coincide with their arrival in Mexico City in time for the elections in June.

    The demostration we saw in Oaxaca was restrained and dignified - a silent protest that was all the more telling for the place in which it was staged - the ancient city of Monte Alban.

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    www.guelaguetza.com.mx JULY IN OAXACA CITY

    by pedroebc Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    GUELAGUETZA DANCING FESTIVAL in OAXACA CITY... month july all years...

    the festival is celebrated each year in july, the dancers from different regions of oaxaca show their local customs and its a big parade in the city, with big puppets, colorful dresses, gifts to tourists, music alla round,...great spot to visit in Mexico.

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    plus zapatour

    by pedroebc Updated May 24, 2006

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    Le sous commandant Marcos, qui a annoncé fin novembre la dissolution du Front zapatiste de libération nationale –bras civil et politique des guérilleros depuis une décennie– et son remplacement par un nouveau mouvement politique, a rappelé qu’en aucun cas les zapatistes ne participeraient au scrutin. La nouvelle organisation zapatiste, ainsi, “ne luttera pas pour le pouvoir mais cherchera à construire une nouvelle manière de faire de la politique.”
    Un pari risqué
    Aux partis institutionnels, d’ores et déjà lancés dans la course à la présidentielle, cette "autre campagne" pourrait bien réserver quelques surprises. L’émergence d’une extrême gauche contestataire, organisée et unie, pourrait ainsi compromettre les chances du candidat de gauche Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, bête noire des zapatistes, pourtant donné favori par les sondages.
    Mais pour Marcos aussi, le pari est risqué. Isolé dans son fief du Chiapas depuis la rupture des relations avec le gouvernement de Vicente Fox en 2003, affaibli par des désaffections et des querelles internes, le mouvement zapatiste se trouve aujourd’hui dans une position délicate. “Il est possible que nous perdions tout ce que nous avons si nous ne faisons rien de plus pour avancer”, a reconnu récemment le leader altermondialiste. Avant d’ajouter : “L’heure est venue de se risquer une autre fois à faire un pas dangereux.”

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