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Mexico Is...an exciting journey through images and text into the heartland of Mexico's Bajio or central plateau region. This temperate area is mountainous and contains some of the country's oldest colonial cities, rich in cultures and traditions. The area was home to the Aztec Empire, and their capital, Mexico City/Tenochtitlan, founded in 1325. This teeming metropolis of over 22 million people - known as the "New York" of Latin America - is one of the world's largest and most diverse urban centers!
We associate Mexico with the unique geography and the special characteristics of its mountainous landscapes. Brooding and rugged sierras framing Mexico's spectacular madrugadas and sunsets harbor plants and animals adapted specifically to complex microclimates. The country is an enigma, easy to stereotype, impossible to categorize, from its high plains deserts to the more familiar tropical paradise fronting the coastlines.
Mexico is... an impenetrable jungle, where timeless Mayan roof combs suddenly emerge from the cups of trees. This treasure trove extends to a living history and vibrant present - the native traditions of Mexico - its nature-based theocracies and humanism, its myths and motifs. Names of cities such as Palenque, Uxmal, Tula and Teotihuacan are a linguists sleight of hand, reaching across centuries and differing ideologies to fascinate us anew with their strangeness and allure.
Kings, gods and monsters of cosmos peer from within the iron grip of dismantling roots and creepers, recounting their histories in pictographs and glyphs of civilizations in flower and decline.
To describe Mexico as an "Indian Nation" would be close to the truth. Mexico's dense urban and rural native cultures were absorbed by waves of newcomers from Spain during and after the conquest of 1521. The nation today still boasts 62 dialects apart from Spaniish, its official language.
Mexico Is...part of an ongoing Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason series that features people and places (as well as art, music and recipes) around the world!
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