Category Archives: Culture

Juan Gabriel death causes outpouring of grief

AP – Juan Gabriel was more than just a singer and songwriter for the hundreds of fans who thronged Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi to wish him farewell Monday. He was a legend, an artist who marked an era in people’s lives. Every major Mexican newspaper had news of his Sunday death on its front page, along with large photos of his flamboyant costumes.

Juan Gabriel, legendary singer, songwriter, dies at 66

Juan Gabriel 2Guardian – Juan Gabriel, the legendary Mexican singer-songwriter , has died suddenly at his home in California. He was 66. Gabriel was Mexico’s leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist, with sales of more than 100m albums. His ballads about love and heartbreak and bouncy mariachi tunes became hymns throughout Latin America and Spain, as well as with Spanish speakers in the United States.

Great pyramid of Cholulu lies beneath church

Daily Mail – A small building in Mexico tells the violent history of treachery and conquest at the great Aztec city of Cholulu – but for hundreds of years, a secret lay beneath its floors. Hiding under the grass, trees and soil sits the Great Pyramid of Cholula, deemed the largest monument ever built on Earth, with a base four times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Raramuri have been sucked into narco culture

PRI – In the canyons of northern Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental reside some of the fastest runners in the world: the indigenous Tarahumara population, who call themselves the Raramuri.

This indigenous group excels in running competitions worldwide. But to the authorities, they’re becoming known for something else: Narco-traffickers have been exploiting them to smuggle drugs to the US. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of Raramuri arrested at the US-Mexico border doubled from 50 to 100 detainees.

Vatican approves Sistine Chapel replica in Mexico

Artnet News – North Americans who can’t make the trip to Rome now have an opportunity to visit Michelangelo’s renowned Sistine Chapel in Mexico City. A full-size replica of the 15th century church, best known for the iconic ceiling fresco painstakingly painted by the Renaissance great between 1508 and 1512, has opened in Plaza de la República (Republic Square).

A battle over a building and the art in its shadow

NYT – It is a simple sculpture: 64 concrete pyramids that stand in a perfect circle around two-and-a-half acres of rippling, black volcanic rock. Known as “Espacio Escultórico,” the sculpture was inaugurated in 1979 on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It is considered one of the most important pieces of land art in Mexico. But the recent construction of a white eight-story building nearby has prompted a furious protest that pits the university’s needs against Mexico’s cultural heritage.

Making a noise about machismo in Mexico

BBC – “Machismo has to die,” chanted protesters as they walked through the centre of Mexico City last month. Thousands of people came out onto the streets to say enough was enough. The macho culture is all pervasive in Mexico and many of those at the march think its emphasis on male pride is a contributing factor in the high rates of violence against women that Mexico is experiencing.

Cinco de Mayo: How the day is celebrated in Mexico

Cinco de Mayo girlIB Times – As Americans prepare to sip margaritas and munch on chips and guacamole for Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, the holiday gets a different treatment in Mexico. Here’s a look at the history, misconceptions and interesting facts about a day that has become of celebration of Mexican cuisine and heritage.