World Music - Mexico
Happy World Music Friday!
Today we travel to Mexico, with perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. The mixture of strong native legends, artistic expressions and Spanish cultural elements make the Mexican culture so unique.
Mexican legends are very important, like the legend of “La Llorona” (“the weeping woman”), a woman whose spirit still cries for her lost son, or the legends of the Sacred woods of Chapultepec, where Aztecs emperors had their effigies sculpted in order to achieve immortality. But maybe one of the most important legends present in Mexican culture is the legend of the god named Quetzalcoatl, the most important figure of the Mexican cosmogony. It is said that Quetzalcoatl, while searching for bones which he needed to create mankind, gets to the Mictlan (“the region of the dead”), where the evil god Mictlantecutli tries to prevent him from collecting what he was looking for. Aided by his sacred bees and worms, Quetzalcoatl finally is able to get the precious bones and uses them to bring the human kind into the world.
Lila Downs, a Mexican singer-song writer and actress interprets one of the versions of the legend “La Llorona”. Click here, and enjoy the music!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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