More Ethnic Observations

7 07 2008

And: Can you pass my test?

Recently, AG and I saw the film, Ladrón que roba a ladrón  (To Rob a Thief), which is a delightful comedy with some interesting plot twists. I was all the more pleased to see it since it had a number of Spanish soap opera stars that I recognized though the action actually takes place here in the United States. This viewing started to get me thinking about other interesting differences that my Anglo brethren are perhaps clueless about when it comes to those of Mexican descent living in this country. Three things in particular stand out.
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The Parody of Paganism in the Postmodern World

7 07 2008

Part II: How the radical lesbian Wicca-practicing “Chicana” feminist scholar is NOT like my grandmother

As I have stated before, there is a tendency amongst more educated Mexican-American middle class scholars to elevate the indigenous hertiage of Mexico over and above the “Hispanic” Catholic elements that have historically been more dominant. Pre-Columbian Mexico is seen as a paradise of pluralism, paganism and proto-feminism that was destroyed by Cortes and his merry band of male chauvinist pigs. In their minds as well, there has always been “resistance” to the destruction of the indigenous religion by the Catholic Church, and such images and practices as the Virgin of Guadalupe and folk healing known as curanderismo were encoded messages that passed on the true pagan faith from generation to generation. The radical feminist scholar, Gloria Anzaldua, wrote in this regard that the task of the “Chicana” (radical Mexican-American woman desperately seeking tenure) was to skip over her parent’s generation of “assimilation” towards the generation of the grandmothers, who through their being able to cure the evil eye with an egg are deemed to be secret pagans worshipping the Aztec mother goddess.
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