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MEXICO: Popular Religion

I have very happy memories of my stay at the University of the Americas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico. The students were courteous and kind. I have lost touch with them, so I was delighted to receive a message from Paola Vera, who among other things assisted me when I was interviewing UDLA faculty in a series similar to the TV programs I produce here. The plan was to distribute the films in the US and elsewhere, but the student in charge of the camera (he had claimed to be an expert TV camera man) wrecked the films; the one UDLA student of whom I have less than pleasant memories.

Vera tells me that she has completed her MA with Patricia Plunket, an American anthropologist who teaches in the UDLA Department of Anthropology: she could easily get a job in the US, but she prefers Cholula because of its archaeological and anthropological wealth. Vera wrote her thesis undr Robert Shadow on the pilgrimages to the Virgin of the Conception in the chatina region of Juquila, Oaxaca. (I have taken time out to study a map of the state of Oaxaca, but I cannot find Juquila, and I have no idea what the chatina region is). Robert Shadow's special field is religious pilgrimages in Mexico. This subject is of great interest to WAIS, and I hope that Vera and he will keep us informed about this field. Most of us know only the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Virgin of Zapopán. I hope Vera will convey my best wishes to all the good people of UDLA.

Ronald Hilton - 12/30/01