Favorite Pictures: Costumes

Costume 6Original post: Mexican Costumes for the Spring Equinox

Location: Pyramid at Xochitécatl, Tlaxcala

Mexican Costumes for the Spring Equinox

More pictures from the spring equinox atop the Xochitécatl pyramid… on the way down, a small parade of equinoctal(?) celebrants was heading up.  I wish I had more to say about these truly spectacular costumes except: Enjoy!

Costume 6

As a tourist, I often tend to shy away from people in “traditional” garb performing dances or other activities for the sole purpose of delighting gringos.  But here at Xochitécatl, where tourists from anywhere but Mexico are few and far between, I was struck with a sense of realism and authenticity, so much so that I felt horribly awkward photographing the parade of figures and something inside me wouldn’t let me turn to follow them.  Perhaps I thought that if I were dressed like that, I wouldn’t want pictures taken; perhaps after three hours hiking in the sun and dust, I was just done for the day; or, perhaps, I was just thinking that culture isn’t meant to be gawked at by some American with a camera.

On the other hand, Mexico has this amazing quality to surprise, where public displays often saved for tourists sometimes turn out to be real; where the colors and the energy and the sheer spectacle are every day.  Perhaps, living in Mexico City, it’s that I no longer see something so beautiful and think, “I should follow that because I may never see something like it again.”


México, D.F.

In Pictures: Cacaxtla and Xochitécatl

Cacaxtla and Xochitécatl are two adjacent Olmec ruins situated on a hilltop near Nativitas, a town close to Puebla, Mexico. Cacaxtla has some fascinating and very well preserved colored murals, and Xochitécatl has a few pyramids, one of which has the “fourth widest base in Latin America.” Ooooh. But what’s most impressive about this pair of sites it the incredible views of three volcanoes in the Puebla valley, including the towering Popocatepetl and Itzaccíhuatl (shown below).

and this spectacular view of Itzaccíhuatl (left) and Xochitécatl (right).

Itzaccíhuatl (left) and Xochitécatl (right)

The day of the trip to see these ruins also happened to be the spring equinox, a day on which Mexicans traditionally gather and visit pyramids. In some of the pictures below, especially those of Xochitécatl, there are dozens of families all decked out in white (their Saturday equinox best?). More about that in the next post…

México, D.F.