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La Mesa del Santo Niño de Atocha and the Conchero Dance Tradition of Mexico-Tenochtilaάn: Religious Healing in Urban Mexico and the United States

Inés Hernández-avila

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167962
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0023
La Mesa del Santo Niño de Atocha and the Conchero Dance Tradition of Mexico-Tenochtilaάn: Religious Healing in Urban Mexico and the United States

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This chapter explores the ways in which the Conchero dance tradition in Mexico City, as well as in many urban areas in the United States, manifests a process of religious healing that is not only collective and individual but also earth-centric yet cosmic. The chapter itself is a story of recovery, by the Concheros themselves, and by the Chicano communities with whom they have connected over the last several decades. For the Chicanos from the United States who have sought out the Conchero elders and dancers, this story represents a vital healing step toward the retrieval of indigenous ways of knowing and being. This story is also one of solidarity and mutual respect between indigenous peoples in Mexico and the United States. Based in Mexico City, La Mesa del Santo Niño de Atocha is an established mesa of danzantes (dancers) who belong to the Conchero dance community and religious society in central Mexico.

Keywords: Concheros; Mexico City; United States; religious healing; La Mesa del Santo Niño de Atocha; Chicanos; danzantes; dance tradition; recovery

Chapter.  6596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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