ERIC Number: ED225736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
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The Masculine Mexican Folk Dance.
Trujillo, Lorenzo A.
Viltis: A Folklore Magazine, p9-13 May 1975
Present day ethnic and/or folk dances grew from the remnants of primitive dances. A definition of folk dance is that it is the dance of the common people of a specific region of the world, which becomes ethnic when the dance is presented by the members of the ethnic race from where the dance originates. Within every folk dance is contained the history, pyschology, and culture of a race of people. In order to execute a dance in its proper perspective, many facets must be studied, e.g., geography, customs, and clothing of the region of origin. Dances also tend to reflect the people's economic, political, and home situation. The Mexican Folk Dance reflects the history and cultural attitudes of the Mexican people. Through this medium, they express their inner-self. The totality of the Mexican's history and culture created the basis upon which the Mexican Mestizo Folk Dance was built. In order to understand the nature of dance, one must be aware of the cultures that created the Mexican Mestizo dance, e.g., the Pre-Columbian Indians, Spaniards, and the Church. Then it becomes very obvious that this dance form is not only violent in character, but it is also very masculine. (NQA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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