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?
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
After the first street wedding fiesta in my previous blog post, we head off jerkily on the motocaro to our next fiesta with our hosts Jorge and Juquila... This is a public fiesta to celebrate the sixteenth century Spanish Carmelite nun St. Teresita, and is staged in a large basketball court opposite the Palacio Municipal (town hall) in … Continue reading Mexican matriarchal fiestas, continued…
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
The first matriarchal culture on our journey to places where women rule is the Isthmus Zapotec society of Southern Mexico. Here the women are considered to be the more rational and intelligent of the sexes! Traditionally, the men worked the fields by night and slept during the day, leaving the women to sell the produce … Continue reading Matriarchal cultures aren’t automatically friendly towards women!