I have to admit creating an eBook from our matriarchal travels has been a lot more work than I first thought. Here are a few things I've learnt: The First Thing: I don't know whether it's like this for everyone, but when you start writing you suddenly start to embellish everything with little exaggerations or … Continue reading Five silly things I’ve learnt making my first eBook?
On the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico it's socially acceptable for men to drink every day during the lunch break or after work, or both! As a naive European, I was expecting to find a drunken dysfunctional society, where the women are forever frustrated with the men, but instead I find that the women … Continue reading Land of Booze!
Apart from dominant women and alcoholism, Juchitan on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is also fast becoming known as the queer capitol of Mexico! For three glitzy days of the year, the ‘Vela de las Auténticas Intrépidas Buscadoras del Peligro’ (Fiesta of the True Fearless Danger Seekers), or big gay pride fiesta, attracts not only gays, … Continue reading A legitimate gay communion!
The closest I came to witnessing the physical strength of the Isthmus women was a brawl at a local cantina (bar) on our first visit to Tehuantepec. Katerina had left early because it seemed to be too much of man’s world in the bar. The moment she walks out the door, however, this big woman … Continue reading Fighting women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec – Mexico
My girlfriend and I are invited on an evening of non-stop fiestas by Jorge and Juquila (not their real names). Guests arrive and unfold the chairs as they are needed, women at the top and men at the bottom next to a large brass band. Although the men wear smart cowboy outfits, they are completely … Continue reading Street wedding fiesta of southern Mexico
In the market place women conduct most of the business … while the poor, henpecked men keep in the background. The women usually hold the family purse, and it is even impossible for a man to get credit unless his wife vouches for him. Under these circumstances, it would be a blissful abiding place for … Continue reading Henpecked men of southern Mexico
It turns out the Isthmus Zapotec women, also known as Tehuanas, have a lot to thank for the Spanish administrators, a fancy railway and Frida Kahlo… Between posting our adventures in the Isthmus Zapotec culture, I thought I should give you the details of how these women rose to fame in the first place. In … Continue reading Rise of matriarchy in Southern Mexico