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Wandering warriors: The Tastoan masks of Prudencio Guzman by Erin Cassin and Kinich Ramirez

On July 25, Saint James Day, Tastoanes perform in many Mexican towns and villages. The first performances in 12th century Spain were known as the dance of the Moors and the Christians. In Spain's version, the event symbolizes the expulsion of the Moors, while Mexico's variation - often called the dance of the Tastoanes - is commonly interpreted as the representation of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1500s.

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Wandering warriors: the Tastoan masks of Prudencio Guzman Erin Cassin

On July 25, Saint James Day, Tastoanes perform in many towns and villages. The first performances in 12th century Spain were known as the dance of the Moors and the Christians. In Spain's version, the event symbolizes the expulsion of the Moors, while Mexico's variation -- often called the dance of the Tastoanes -- is commonly interpreted as the representation of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1500s. read more
Published or Updated on: May 5, 2007 by Erin Cassin and Kinich Ramirez © 2007
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