A Short History of a Long Time

Where San Miguel de Allende stands today has hosted humans for thousands of years. Most archeological sites around San Miguel are from the years 950 to 1100 AD including the pyramid, Canada de la Virgin.  Part of the Toltec Empire that declined in 1100 AD and …

Barking Through Mexican History

To the pre-Hispanic indigenous, man’s best friend was a hairless dog serving as an occasional food source and, most importantly, guide to the Underworld.  Viewers of the movie, Coco, will recognize the hairless dog that guides the boy through his after-life adventures is a Mexican Hairless dog. …

Bothering Jesus

When I moved to the Deep South not only did I enjoy the Low County breezes complete with peach-sized mosquitoes, but I was amazed how everyone had a personal relationship with Jesus. For the indigenous of San Miguel, as well as anyone who went to …

Our Pyramids’ Murky Past

From a distance, the gray, volcanic rock pyramids and their stone walls held together by the sticky juice in nopales look rather good for being 1,500 years old. Located in Cañada de La Virgen (The Valley of the Virgin), an area 30 miles outside the …

Town’s Bugs in Old World Masters

In the past painters got their pigments from nature. For example, raising a family in the Low Country, indigo was the in demand blue dye raised on plantations.  Here in the San Miguel de Allende it was red cochineal, a cacti-dwelling bug that expanded scarlet’s appeal. This particular shade of red reached …

Day Of The Dead In Modern Mexico

Attending a pal’s funeral this week I learned a bit more about Mexican funeral customs that I had somehow missed in previous ultimate masses (that is, funerals). There is no Biblical or theological reason for the way coffins enter or exit church, rather the tradition is that they enter …