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A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.

ivan

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Santa Cruz Sentinel Thousands celebrate Guelaguetza at Santa Cruz Oaxacan festival Santa Cruz Sentinel Umbrellas maintain the shade during a sunny day in the grandstands at Guelaguetza, the annual Oaxacan festival at the Harbor High School football ...


Santa Cruz Sentinel
Thousands celebrate Guelaguetza at Santa Cruz Oaxacanfestival
Umbrellas maintain the shade during a sunny day in the grandstands at Guelaguetza, the annual Oaxacan festival at the Harbor High School football ...


Thousands celebrate Guelaguetza at Santa Cruz Oaxacan festival

Umbrellas maintain the shade during a sunny day in the grandstands at Guelaguetza, the annual Oaxacan festival at the Harbor High School football field Sunday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Umbrellas maintain the shade during a sunny day in the grandstands at Guelaguetza, the annual Oaxacan festival at the Harbor High School football field Sunday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel) 
Traditional headdresses and costumes are worn by performers during the opening procession at Viva Oaxaca Guelaguetza at Harbor High on Sunday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Traditional headdresses and costumes are worn by performers during the opening procession at Viva Oaxaca Guelaguetza at Harbor High on Sunday. (Shmuel Thaler -- Santa Cruz Sentinel) 
SANTA CRUZ >> When the Spanish colonizers imposed Catholicism on the indigenous communities of Oaxaca in the 16th century, forcing them to covert to Christianity, the native people resisted by blending elements of their rituals into this new religion.
This blend of cultures is celebrated as Guelaguetza, which is a Zapotec Indian word that means “gift of sharing.” It’s an annual festival celebrated in the seven regions of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, but increasingly in communities in the United States as well.
In its 11th year, Santa Cruz’s Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetzabrings together the region’s Oaxacan community on the Harbor High School football field to honor the gods for providing ample rain and a bountiful harvest with music, dance, food and an open air market.
To the remarkably tight brass melodies of Banda de Música del Centro de Integración Social No. 8 San Bartolomé Zoogocho, the festival began with a presentation from this year’s local goddess of the corn, Karen Yuslen Martinez Valencia, as well as her Oaxacan counterpart, Indira Taniveth Jarquin Vásquez.
Before the Spanish arrived, Oaxacan indigenous peoples paid homage to the goddess of corn through ceremony and ritual at the height of the rainy season.
“A local corn goddess is chosen every year to make sure there’s a bountiful harvest,” said Elizabeth Gonzalez, who served as the festival’s Goddess of the Corn in 2012. “There’s an interview process and the girl is chosen with her Oaxacan cultural identity in mind. She has to have at least one parent originally from Oaxaca.”
After the goddess of the corn finished her address to the people who packed the Harbor High bleachers, the brass band led a wildly colorful parade through the crowd gathered around the stage.
Giant papier-mâché marmotas, or puppets, gyrated and bowed clumsily overhead as men, women, boys and girls representing all seven Oaxacan regions danced behind them.
Girls carried baskets on their heads filled with flowery crosses and stars; others in colorful blouses carried pineapples, signifying the Tuxtepec region. Men in wild masks and antlers galloped and reared about like shaggy satyrs while Montezuma warriors in enormous feathered plumes two-stepped behind them.
“More than half of the population in Oaxaca is indigenous,” said Izamar Sanchez, last year’s goddess of the corn. “This festival is basically a celebration of those roots. It is about gratitude to the earth and abundance.”
The Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza is sponsored by Senderos, the local organization that, among other services, specializes in teaching Latino culture and history through the artistic expression of dance and music.
“It’s important for Oaxacan families here to have their culture displayed and validated,” said Curt Coleman, president of the Senderos board. “We’ve found that people have a stronger grasp of the English language if they hold onto their first language. It’s the same thing with biculturalism.”
For more information about Senderos, visit scsenderos.org.

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