Mexico Time Patrol 3

Previously on Mexico Time Patrol. The year is 1978. I’m taking a summer course in Maya Anthropology in Mérida, Yucatán… Human sacrifice knife. The blade is in obsidian, a volcanic mineral, that can be made as sharp as glass. Museum of Anthropology, 1978. Elégante in the streets of Mérida, wearing the traditional huipil or dress,…

Nine-Pourri-forty-Pot

Another voyage in space and time. (Not again?!) A quick nap. Casa de las campanas. House of bells. Tlalpan. 2017. (I liked the previous colour better.) The eyebrow workshop. Paris. 2015. Maasaï warriors. Amboseli National Park, Kenya. 1967. Chinelos dancers. Two weeks ago, literally around the corner of our house.  There are many traditional dances…

Mexico Time Patrol part 2

Previously on Mexico Time Patrol. Late 70’s. I was doing an MBA at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide). I’d managed to get accepted in a summer Mayan anthropology course in Yucatán. An incredible month of discovering Mexico, the Maya culture with the entire anthropology department. Above: Uxmal. I think it is the quadrangle…

Pot-pourri 24 times two

Veracruz, Mexico, 2003. Blue crab on our doorstep. We’d rented a house by the beach. There were dozens of those blue crabs everywhere. The Eiffel tower, from the Musée de l’Homme. Paris, 2016. The Forest Mother. Tlalpan. 2017. The little men of Guérande. Brittany. 2010. Guérande is renowned for its sea salt. A procession in…

Day of Muertos #2.

Fluttering eyelashes… Stage right. Stage left. Altar to the dead. The small skulls above tend to be in sugar. And often bear the names of the living. A freshly built oven. To cook “el pan de muertos”, the bread of the dead: Altars often display photographs of the departed. The old lady on top is…

Day of the dead. Día de muertos

Bienvenidos, welcome to the day of the Dead. Possibly the most important religious/traditional holiday in Mexico. The day people honour their dead and mock Death. Above: “Desayunos con sabor”, Breakfast with taste. Sound engineers on the Plaza. At the daycare… I kid you not… Altars to the dead are raised everywhere. This one is in…