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MEXICO: Popular religion Juquila, Oaxaca



A posting described the study of a religious pilgrimage to Juquila, Oaxaca by Paola Vera. Justin Carreno, a geographer, has more detailed maps of Mexico than I, and he reports: "There is a ChitinO settlement located southwest of Oaxaca in districts formerly known as Juquila (as you mentioned) and Sola de Vega. It extends from the Sierra de Oaxaca mountains to the coast. The standard book for the history of the area is Historia de Oaxaca by Jose Antonio Gay, although I don't know if its been translated to English."

My comment: The city of Oaxaca is located roughly where the Sierra Madre Oriental meets the Occidental. This rough area stretches to the Pacific, where the beaches are only now-being discovered by tourists. When I traveled by land from San Francisco to Buenos Aires, a train took me over the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and then down the Pacific coast to Guatemala. That part of the coast, the continuation of that of Oaxaca, is better known, and historically has been an important producer of cacao. The adjective "chitino" would be "chitina" when applied to a region.

Ronald Hilton - 12/30/01


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