Leyenda de los Tlacololeros

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 20:05 (9 days ago) @ Charlybby

Wow!! Never heard of this?! Would be awesome to see! Other pics are great too Rob, as usual!!:-)

This is one of the oldest ancient traditional rituals from the central and mountainous regions of Guerrero. The costumes vary little from region to region, but the music and the characters are the same. It is typically enacted at fairs around the state for the following special occasions: Semana Santa, 3 de Mayo (Día de la Santa Cruz), 21 de Septiembre (Fiesta de San Mateo), 12 de Diciembre (Día de Guadalupe), 24 de Diciembre (Nochebuena)

The dance is actually a theatrical play represented by the following characters.
1. El Maizo - The leader of the Tlacololeros.
2. El Salvador - Attendent and helper of the Maizo.

3. El Tlacololero - This is the campesino who farms the hillsides but who also represents the farmland itself called a Tlacolol, hillside farmland.
4. El Tapachero - This is the person who covers the seeds once they are planted.
5. El Tecorralero - This is the person in charge of making stone corrals.
6. El Teyolero - This is the person who sets the stones and assists the Tecorralero to build the corral.
7. El Jitomatero - The tomato farmer who also represents the plant itself.
8. El Chile Verde - The chile farmer who also represents the plant itself.
9. El Colmenero - He represents the person who collects honey from the beehives.
10. El Frijolero - The bean farmer who also represents the plant itself.
11. El Xocoyote or Xocoyotillo - The young Tlacololero.

12. El Ventarrón - He represents the strong winds that bring the rains.
13. El Rayo Seco - He represents the lightning that comes before the rain.

14. La Maravilla - This person represents the Wonder Dog, the hunting dog who accompanies the Tlacololero to follow the trail of the Jaguar.
15. El Tecuani - This is the Jaguar or Tiger who threatens the farmers' harvests.

16. El Pitero - This is the flute player who also plays a ritual handheld drum.

The music of the 11 Sones is hypnotic and it's supposed be. This is a ritual dedicated to calling for a bountiful harvest. It includes a lot of legend and symbolism including the struggle of the farmers against a mighty beast that endangers their crops represented by a jaguar that is lured into a trap and chased away by the brave farmers led by a flautist and a drum that symbolizes thunder. Some suggest that the jaguar represents drought since jaguars are carnivorous and thus would represent no actual threat to a harvest beyond being a threat to humans, which they generally aren't. The 11 Sones are the following parts of the play or ritual:
1. La Entrada
2. El Corral
3. El Topado Doble
4. El Sembrado
5. La Matanza
6. Las Relaciones
7. El Zarandeado
8. La Cadena
9. El Cruzado
10. El Porrazo de Tigres
11. La Salida

Now enjoy the theater


Baile de los 11 Sones de los Tlacololeros


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