Día de las Velitas and other Christmas Traditions in Colombia

  On the night of December 7, every year in Columbia, across towns, cities and country-sides, people go into the streets filling them with lights… millions of candles, in fact.  This is how they celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the virgin Mary. It is a very colourful affair. Multicoloured candles and lanterns […]

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Día de los Muertos – Nov 2

While many around the world celebrated Halloween on Wednesday (Oct 31), in Mexico and (by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world) a different but somewhat related festival takes place today: Día de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead) In some parts of Mexico, children do incorporate the more American tradition of Halloween into Día […]

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The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part II)

In Part 1 of this topic, we defined and compared Machismo and Marianismo.  In Parts 2  and 3 we’ll discuss the two archetypes against which women are judged: La Virgen de Guadalupe and La Malinche.  In academic literature they are sometimes referred to as the ‘saint’ and the ‘whore’ respectively.   Women are either perfectly godly or seductively […]

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