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To: NYer
Just got back last month from a Mexican Vacation. Went to a 'jungle preserve' called Xcaret. They do a big final production every night at sundown.

It was something you probably won't see in the USA.

Starts out with the indiginous culture. Dancing, re-enactment of a ritual sport, and a ritual sacrifice, complete with two 'stone' idols on one end of the stage. Lights dim. Conquistadores enter the stage (about the size of a basketball court). There is a conflict with the natives. Battle ensues. Lights go OUT. Total blackness. Then spotlights form a 'doorway', a rectangle, at the opposite end of the stage from the idols. In the spotlight are a half dozen monks, one holding a 'papal' crucifix. The light extends to the far end. The monks march slowly across the stage, ropes are thrown around the 'idols,' and they are PULLED DOWN AND REPLACED WITH THE CROSS.

Loved it.

Vivat Jesus.

Viva il Papa.
13 posted on 08/01/2002 7:51:24 AM PDT by Mr. Thorne
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To: Mr. Thorne
Starts out with the indiginous culture.

In a ceremony Wednesday that drew more than 1 million cheering and weeping believers into the streets, the pope called Juan Diego a catalyst in the conversion of millions of Indians to Christianity.

Although some question whether Juan Diego actually existed, John Paul stressed his importance as a man who helped the worlds of Spain's conquistadors and Mexico's native peoples come together. But the pope made clear that Indians — 10 percent of the population — have been let down by Mexican society.

"Mexico needs its indigenous peoples and these people need Mexico," John Paul declared, setting an agenda for his church, which is battling inroads among Indians by evangelical Protestants.

Inside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, dancers dressed in feathered Aztec costumes shook rattles and blew into conch shells as the image of the new saint was carried to the altar. Priests read from the Bible in Spanish and in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.

If you missed this incredibly beautiful mass, it will be replayed on EWTN, Saturday August 3, 2002 7:00 PM (EST). The music alone is worth the listen.

15 posted on 08/01/2002 8:51:24 AM PDT by NYer
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