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Carnival scene

A scene from the Carnival festival of the Huastecan Nahuas. February 1993. Huautla, Hidalgo, Mexico.

TRIQUIS

The Triquis of western Oaxaca regard Catholic saints and other deities as capricious, capable of helping or harming them. To ensure their benevolence, Triquis must fulfill certain ritual obligations that include sponsoring festivals for them. June 24 is the date of the festival of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Triqui village of San Juan Copala. Participants carry a statue of the saint in a procession through the village and present offerings of food, incense, and flowers. The expenses of the festival, which also includes dances and feasts, are shared by a group of sponsors, who rotate each year.

 

TRIQUIS

Los triquis del oeste de Oaxaca etiquetan de caprichosos a los santos católicos y a otras deidades, ya que son capaces de ayudarlos o dañarlos. A fin de asegurar su benevolencia, los triquis deben cumplir con ciertas obligaciones rituales que incluyen la organización de festivales en su honor. El 24 de junio se celebra la fiesta de San Juan Bautista, el santo patrono del pueblo triqui de San Juan Copala. Los participantes cargan una estatua del santo en procesión por todo el pueblo y le ofrendan comida, incienso y flores. Los gastos del festival, que incluyen danzas y comidas, se comparten entre el grupo de organizadores, el cual va cambiando año con año.

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Triquis
Festival of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
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Triquis
Festival of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
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Triquis
Festival of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
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