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A visual research experience: the ceremonial songs of Concheros.

Abstract in spanish

This study – a product of the project “Water and Time Temples”– is an audio-visual research experience which allowed the capture and subsequent analysis and diffusion of the rituals of pre-Columbus origins regarding water cycles. It specifically refers to those rituals practiced by the so-called “graniceros” and “tiemperos” in Amecameca, Atlautla and San Pedro Nexapa, México, by means of the study of “Concheros”, those who execute the dance known as “Aztec Dance”, during which they sing and dance ceremonial dances and songs which are nahua solar rites. On the field participative observation methods were used, for which we counted on the advice of Mr. Gabriel Hernández Ramos, Conchero Captain of La Mesa de Sacromonte in Amecameca. The studied rituals reflect the survival of these ancestral traditions in those towns –although with some unsubstantial changes in the original ways– and keep the solar rites alive amongst their people.

Keywords: concheros,náhuatl,song,dance,poetry,Mexico.
Author: Ivork Cordido Demartini. Cineasta, Profesor Titular de la Escuela de Letras de la Facultad de Humanidades y Educación, Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. Investigador de la Unidad de Estudios de Lenguas y Culturas de la Cuenca del lago de Maracaibo de la misma institución.
Author: Nilda Bermúdez Bríñez. Comunicadora Social, magister en Historia, Doctora en Ciencias Humanas. Docente e investigadora de la Universidad del Zulia. Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño.
Received: February 13th, 2013, Accepted: October 31th, 2013
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 22 - Santiago, diciembre 2013 - 191/207 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.