In "Mexican Kaleidoscope: myths, mysteries and mystique", award-winning author Tony Burton delves into Mexico's rich history and culture. He focuses on a fascinating selection of events, individuals, myths and mysteries to explore some of the reasons why Mexico has become such an extraordinarily diverse and interesting nation.
The 30 short chapters of "Mexican Kaleidoscope", arranged in five sections, span the entire range of time periods, from long before the Spanish conquest to the modern day. The topics considered range from cuisine, Aztec farming, Mayan pyramids, sheep and smythical cities, aerial warfare, art, music and the true origins of Mexico's national symbols.uperstitions to Along the way, we encounter many unusual, strange, weird and wonderful aspects of Mexico.
"Mexican Kaleidoscope" unravels some of the many forces that have helped shape Mexico's history and culture and helps us understand the appeal and mystique of this engaging country.
Before the Spaniards
1 The Three Sisters and early kitchens
2 Ancient astronomers rebooted the calendar
3 Sustainable farming in Aztec times
4 Pyramid sounds and the Maya blues
5 Rubber balls and Americas’ oldest ballgame
6 Roman symbols on a Maya pyramid?
Spanish rule (New Spain)
7 Post-conquest inventory
8 Oldest winery in the Americas
9 Baaad sheep depleted environment
10 Afro-Mexicans outnumbered Spaniards
11 Epic journeys and mythical cities
12 The Manila Connection: cultural exchange
13 Birth of the Mexican Navy
14 U.S. appropriates Cinco de Mayo
15 Railroads helped forge the nation
16 Utopian experiment in Sinaloa
17 Historic aerial bombing of warship
18 Deceptive national symbols
People and society
19 Huichol Indians preserve traditions
20 The Tarahumara of the Copper Canyon
21 Train driver sacrificed life for town
22 Archbishop who had miraculous birth
23 Cross-dressing maid conned high society
24 Eccentric painter led art revolution
Culture and beliefs
25 Violinist added notes to musical scale
26 January’s weather foretells year ahead
27 World’s most popular romantic song?
28 Mexico’s soundscapes and traffic whistles
29 Sports fans embrace Mexican wave
30 Mexican cats have only seven lives?
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About the Author
Tony Burton, born in the UK, first visited Mexico in 1977. He has an MA in Geography from Cambridge University and a teaching qualification from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a former Chief Examiner in Geography for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He lived and worked full-time in Mexico (as a writer, educator and ecotourism specialist) for 18 years and continues to revisit Mexico regularly since relocating with his family to Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. He edited the Lloyd Mexican Economic Report for 12 years and has written extensively on Mexico's history, economics, tourism, ecology and geography. His work has been published in numerous print and online magazines and journals in Mexico, Canada, the U.S., Ireland and elsewhere. He won ARETUR’s annual international travel-writing competition for articles about Mexico on three occasions. His books on Mexico include "Western Mexico: A Traveler’s Treasury" (2014), now in its fourth edition, "Lake Chapala Through the Ages, an Anthology of Travelers' Tales" (2008), and "Mexican Kaleidoscope: myths, mysteries and mystique" (2016). His cartography includes the best-selling "Lake Chapala Maps", first published in 1996. Tony is the co-author, with Dr. Richard Rhoda, of the landmark volume "Geo-Mexico, the Geography and Dynamics of Modern Mexico" (2010).