In Carrying the Word: The Concheros Dance in Mexico
City, the first full length study of the Concheros dancers,
Susanna Rostas explores the experience of this unique group, whose
use of dance links rural religious practices with urban post-modern
innovation in distinctive ways even within Mexican culture, which
is rife with ritual dances.
The Concheros blend Catholic and indigenous traditions in their
performances, but are not governed by a predetermined set of
beliefs; rather they are bound together by long standing
interpersonal connections framed by the discipline of their
tradition. The Concheros manifest their spirituality by means of
the dance. Rostas traces how they construct their identity and
beliefs, both individual and communal, by its means. The book
offers new insights into the experience of dancing as a Conchero
while also exploring their history, organization and practices.
Carrying the Word provides a new way for audiences to
understand the Conchero's dance tradition, and
will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary
Mesoamerica. Those studying identity, religion, and tradition will
find this social-anthropological work particularly
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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