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The Evil Eye…Mal de Ojo

The Evil Eye or Mal de Ojo

 

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The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury.

Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”

Disks or balls, consisting of concentric blue and white circles (usually, from inside to outside, dark blue, light blue, white, and dark blue) representing an evil eye are common.

The evil eye or ‘Mal de Ojo’ has been deeply embedded in Spanish popular culture. In Mexico and Central America infants are considered at special risk for the evil eye and are often given an amulet bracelet as protection. Typically there is an eye-like spot painted on the amulet.

One traditional cure for the evil eye in rural Mexico involves a curandero (folk healer). The healer sweeps a raw chicken egg over the body of a victim to absorb the power of the person with the evil eye. The egg is later broken into a glass with water and placed under the bed of the patient near the head. Sometimes it is checked immediately because the egg appears as if it has been cooked. When this happens it means that the patient did have Mal De Ojo. Somehow the Mal De Ojo has transferred to the egg and the patient immediately gets well.

In some parts of South America the act of ojear, which could be translated as to give someone the evil eye, is an involuntary act. Someone may ojear babies, animals and inanimate objects just by staring and admiring them. This may produce illness, discomfort or possibly death on babies or animals and failures on inanimate objects like cars or houses. It’s a common belief that since this is an involuntary act made by people with the heavy look, the proper way of protection is by attaching a red ribbon to the animal, baby or object, in order to attract the gaze to the ribbon rather than to the object intended to be protected.

 

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The Story of the Tree of life , Arbol de la Vida

The Story of  the Tree of Life, Arbol de la Vida

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The Tree of Life (Arbol de la Vida) is a clay folk art sculpture from Central Mexico that started in the colonial period.

After the Conquest, the Spanish destroyed religious figures and replaced them with Christian iconography. The original purpose of the Trees of Life was evangelical, specifically the story of Adam and Eve. A reminder of original sin.

Trees of Life are a traditional wedding gift because of the relation to the first human couple (Adam and Eve). They are also considered to be a talisman for the couple for fertility.

As mentioned above, the traditional Trees of Life are based on the first couple, Adam and Eve. You will see many trees of life with images of the couple, usually naked except for fig leaves. The couple is positioned at the base of the tree and often a snake can been seen.

Many variations of the traditional Trees of Life can be found. For instance, a tree of life from Metepec will branch out like a real tree and a tree from Puebla will be more stylized with branches bending inward onto the body of the tree.

Themes of the Trees can vary depending on the artisan. Themes can range from the four seasons, death, chocolate, local dances and food.

Whichever style you choose or prefer they are remarkable symbols of the Mexican heritage created by talented local artisans.

 

Coast Hwy Traders a Fair Trade Buyer

Coast Hwy Traders purchases all there Trees of Life from Mexico handmade by local artisans. Coast Hwy Traders is a responsible fair-trade buyer.

This Fabulous tree of life is $175.00 and is available at Coast Hwy Traders

 

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History of Cinco de Mayo

Facts about Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, Friday May 5th. Bring on the guacamole, chips, tacos…tequila.  I thought I would share a couple of Cinco de Mayo recipes from La Tortilla Factory.

But, first let me clear up a few facts about Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico’s Independence. It is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

500 French soldiers died and less than 100 Mexicans were killed. This was a great symbolic victory for Mexico. ( unfortunately the French won the next year and occupied the region for 5 years)

Cinco de Mayo is mainly celebrated in Puebla where the 1862 battle took place. There is a colorful parade and they reenact the war dressed as French and Mexican soldiers before breaking out in song and dance.

The actual celebration for Mexico’s Independence from Spanish colonial government in on September 16th.

Here is just a fun fact…Americans eat 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo!!

Cinco de Mayo Recipe

Have fun creating these amazing recipes….

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Grilled Vegetable Tostada: Baked corn tortillas are a delicious and healthy way to showcase colorful grilled veggies.
Click here for the printable recipe: http://www.latortillafactory.com/recipe/grilled-vegetable-tostadas-with-guacamole/

 

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Simple Grilled Fish Tacos:
Click here for the printable recipe: http://www.latortillafactory.com/recipe/simple-grilled-fish-tacos/

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Low-carb Option: Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable and Black Bean Quesadilla: Sweet potato, scallions, and red pepper get flash roasted and mixed with quinoa, black beans and a cumin-lime dressing for a healthy, hearty quesadilla filling.

Click here for the printable recipe: http://www.latortillafactory.com/recipe/quinoa/

 

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Cacao Mexican Chocolate

Cacao Mexican Chocolate

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 For 5000 years the Cacao bean has been in Mexico including cultures along the Yucatan like the Mayans.

A Spanish soldier who was part of the conquest of Mexico by Cortes tells that when Montezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate flavored with vanilla or other spices. His chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth. No fewer than 60 portions each day reportedly may have been consumed by Moctezuma II.

 

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Chocolate was introduced to Europe by the Spanish and it became a popular beverage by the mid-17th century. They didn’t use sugar in the recipe until the Europeans added it hundreds of years later.

Nowadays, Mexicans enjoy their hot cocoa as a nightly treat with sweetbreads (pan dulce) and during the Day of the Dead celebrations you can find all manner of Mexican chocolate in the shape of skeletons and skulls.

 

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A Magical Town….Guanajuato, Mexico

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Everyone knows about San Miguel De Allende. Everyone is always like I want to go there. San Miguel is a beautiful town but it is very Americanized. You are hard pressed to hear any Spanish in the restaurants. Only 45 minutes from San Miguel is Guanajuato.

 

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Guanajuato is a magical town. Very European in flavor. It sits high up on a hill with a maze of traffic tunnels underneath. We ate at two superb restaurants there. Actually we ate at both of them twice. There are many museums in Guanajuato. The Diego Rivera, The Don Quixote, The Mummies Museum, and The National Museum. There are wonderful sculptures on many streets. The University is there too. Near PiPila (pronounced peepee la ) is a fabulous bed & breakfast called Casa Zuniga…full of art…great city views …delicious breakfast.

With the new TJ tunnel you can fly on Volaris from TJ to Leon. Guanajuato is just 20 minutes away!

 

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