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Lazily Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, May 14, 2018, 19:54 (162 days ago)

Springtime in Zihuatanejo isn't full of daffodils and dogwoods like My Olde Kentucky Home, but it is a time of extreme calm on land and sea with the exception of the fires from the tlacolols of campesinos. The calm ocean makes for the best swimming and the clearest water. The lack of tourists means we have the place all to ourselves. No crowds at our beaches or restaurants. Rather enjoyable, if you ask me. Even Sundays at the zócalo seem subdued and not too crowded.

These are the laziest days of the year as the summer heat builds into the rains of the hurricane season, which officially starts tomorrow on May 15th for our part of the tropics. Like the puppy dog said after his tail got caught in the door, it won't be long now... B-)

Late afternoon on the downtown beach. Just perfect for a stroll.
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Late afternoon from the downtown pier.
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Lazily Zih

by HolyMole @, Monday, May 14, 2018, 21:15 (162 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Are the hillsides that brown, or is that some filtering or special effects?
Aside from purpose-lit fires, one would expect a lot of forest fires in dry season Mexico, similar to those experienced here in British Columbia, or in California.

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Lazily Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, May 14, 2018, 22:05 (162 days ago) @ HolyMole

Are the hillsides that brown, or is that some filtering or special effects?
Aside from purpose-lit fires, one would expect a lot of forest fires in dry season Mexico, similar to those experienced here in British Columbia, or in California.

The hills really are that brown. There have been plenty of fires but we’ve been lucky to escape having the smoke just hang in the air. Can’t smell any at the moment thanks to a light breeze coming off the ocean.

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Spoke too soon

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 07:31 (162 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Oops! Of course the wind changed overnight as is normal, and we awoke to one of the smokiest mornings we’ve had all year. Apparently the garbage dump is on fire again. We have the distinction of having a garbage dump that is one of the most in violation of the law in the nation for which the municipal government is supposedly paying a hefty regular fine that must be a huge drain on their finances. This has been going on for years now.

Good day to stay indoors. No morning walk. Bummer!

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Lazily Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 08:29 (162 days ago) @ HolyMole

Are the hillsides that brown, or is that some filtering or special effects?
Aside from purpose-lit fires, one would expect a lot of forest fires in dry season Mexico, similar to those experienced here in British Columbia, or in California.

Also, the photos were taken in the late afternoon, so there is some "golden hour" lighting that gives it an extra orange-yellow glow, a natural effect.

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Lazily Zih

by Curly! ⌂, Great Pacific Northwet, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 07:47 (162 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Nice!

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by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 10:42 (161 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Just six weeks since we left and we already miss the place. Thanks for your regular reminders of what we can look forward to next March.

A propósito, maestro, ¿que significa "Tlacolol"?

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Tlacolol

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 12:14 (161 days ago) @ JeffMN

Just six weeks since we left and we already miss the place. Thanks for your regular reminders of what we can look forward to next March.

A propósito, maestro, ¿que significa "Tlacolol"?

It's a term of Aztec origin referring to a parcel of hillside land farmed by using slash-and-burn agricultural technique typically for growing corn and beans as well as other common local crops. The Danza de los Tlacololeros is a celebration of this ancient practice that involves a somewhat complicated ritual.

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This is the Baile de los 11 Sones de los Tlacololeros

https://youtu.be/-cbpJ8fQSk8

Tlacolol

by Charlybby, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 17:22 (161 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

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

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Leyenda de los Tlacololeros

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 20:05 (161 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.
LEADERS
1. El Maizo - The leader of the Tlacololeros.
2. El Salvador - Attendent and helper of the Maizo.

FARMERS
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.

WEATHER PHENOMENA
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.

FAUNA
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.

MUSIC
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

https://youtu.be/Bkc-je2eXwg

Baile de los 11 Sones de los Tlacololeros

https://youtu.be/-cbpJ8fQSk8

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by JeffMN ⌂ @, Minneapolis MN USA, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 10:41 (160 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks for the new vocab. word, Rob. BTW, that photo brought a chuckle -- first thing I thought of with those hats was Yosemite Sam.

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