Mexican Kaleidoscope delves into Mexicos rich history and culture. It focuses on a fascinating selection of events, individuals, myths and mysteries to explore some of the reasons why Mexico has become such an extraordinarily diverse and interesting... MoreMexican Kaleidoscope delves into Mexicos rich history and culture.
It focuses on a fascinating selection of events, individuals, myths and mysteries to explore some of the reasons why Mexico has become such an extraordinarily diverse and interesting nation.The 30 short chapters of Mexican Kaleidoscope span the entire range of time periods, from long before the Spanish conquest to the modern day. The topics considered range from cuisine, Aztec farming, Mayan pyramids, sheep and superstitions to mythical cities, aerial warfare, art, music and the true origins of Mexicos national symbols.
Along the way, it reveals many unusual, strange, weird and wonderful aspects of Mexico.Mexican Kaleidoscope unravels some of the many forces that have helped shape Mexicos history and culture and helps us understand the appeal and mystique of this engaging country.Chapter titles:- Before the Spaniards1 The Three Sisters and early kitchens2 Ancient astronomers rebooted the calendar3 Sustainable farming in Aztec times4 Pyramid sounds and the Maya blues5 Rubber balls and Americas’ oldest ballgame6 Roman symbols on a Maya pyramid?- Spanish rule (New Spain)7 Post-conquest inventory8 Oldest winery in the Americas9 Baaad sheep depleted environment10 Afro-Mexicans outnumbered Spaniards11 Epic journeys and mythical cities12 The Manila Connection: cultural exchange- Independent Mexico13 Birth of the Mexican Navy14 U.S.
appropriates Cinco de Mayo15 Railroads helped forge the nation16 Utopian experiment in Sinaloa17 Historic aerial bombing of warship18 Deceptive national symbols- People and society19 Huichol Indians preserve traditions20 The Tarahumara of the Copper Canyon21 Train driver sacrificed life for town22 Archbishop who had miraculous birth23 Cross-dressing maid conned high society24 Eccentric painter led art revolution- Culture and beliefs25 Violinist added notes to musical scale26 January’s weather foretells year ahead27 World’s most popular romantic song?28 Mexico’s soundscapes and traffic whistles29 Sports fans embrace Mexican wave30 Mexican cats have only seven lives?