Karla Gachet

Acatlan, Guerrero, Mexico

A pig is led to the slaughter at the house of the Jimenez family, the Mayordomos (stewards) of the Holy Cross (Santa Cruz). They host the cross and are responsible for feeding the whole town and some of the dancing groups during Fiestas de la Santa Cruz (Festival of the Holy Cross. It is expensive for them but an honour to hold the title, which bestows protection, for a year. The festival itself is a petition for rain with pre-Columbian origins that takes place annually in early May. As well as offerings, ritual fights take place between people wearing jaguar masks (tecuanis). The ancient traditions state that the blood and sweat, from the fighting, that falls to the ground are an offering to the earth. In return the people ask the gods for rain and therefore, the more tecuanis that fight the more rain will fall.

Object Name
Karla Gachet
Acatlan, Guerrero
Max size
High Resolution
4200 x 2800 pixels
35.56 x 23.71 cm (300 dpi)
14 x 9.33 inch (300 dpi)
3.5 MB size on disk
powered by infradox.com