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It’s a traditional dance from Michoac√°n, Mexico, that has a fascinating history and symbolism. Here are five curious facts about this ancient and beautiful dance. ūüēļūüíÉ

‚óŹ The Dance of the Oldies originated in Jar√°cuaro island, in the lake area of Lake P√°tzcuaro, where the Pur√©pecha people have lived for centuries. They are known for their artistic and cultural expressions, such as pottery, music, and dances.

‚óŹ The Dance of the Oldies is so old that there is no exact date of birth. Some historians believe that it dates back to the pre-Hispanic era, when the Pur√©pecha celebrated the harvest of corn and the arrival of the new year with rituals and dances.

‚óŹ With the arrival of the Spanish in 1530, the Dance of the Oldies was forbidden, as it was considered pagan and idolatrous. However, the Pur√©pecha continued to perform it in a clandestine manner, disguising it as a mockery of the old and decrepit Spaniards.

‚óŹ The first meaning of the Dance of the Oldies is to represent the sadness and pain suffered by the Pur√©pecha elderly, when they were forced to hand over their treasures and lands to the Spanish conquerors. The dancers wear masks, canes, and ragged clothes to symbolize the oppression and humiliation they endured.

‚óŹ The second meaning of the Dance of the Oldies is to honor the sun, the corn, and the ancestors. The dancers wear striped hats that symbolize the rays of the sun, memory of its ritual origins, and the colors are in accordance with those of the corn: red, blue, yellow and white. The dance is also a way of expressing gratitude and joy for the gifts of nature and life.

The Dance of the Oldies is a unique and captivating dance that reflects the rich and diverse culture of Michoac√°n. If you ever visit Michoac√°n, don’t miss the opportunity to see it live and join the fun! ūüėć

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