I have always been kind of prejudiced against cathedrals and large church complexes. I do love looking at, and also sitting in, the beautiful, sometimes very old, churches here in Mexico. And I hate to think of the slave labor and the endless resources that have gone into constructing these buildings.When I think of the lack of adequate schools and medical facilities here, it’s hard to appreciate the building of elaborate and expensive church buildings. The giant new Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles comes to mind.
for the celebration of Indio rites.
Anyway, I oohed and aahed about the sketches. They were very nice. But then I said when I wanted to be near to “God”, I liked being outside best. And that I thought Jesus did too. And we changed the subject. Oh well, I should keep my opinions to myself. It’s seems to be weird enough for people here that I am not Catholic, or at least Protestant (Evangelical, or Luz de el Mundo).
And, of course, I still to have a strong pull towards Guadalupe, who I had never heard of until I came to Chacala. I even have a little shelf in my living space for my Guadalupe art. Whatever. I have no idea what it means, but I like having it here.
Yesterday, one of the landladies in Chacala who I especially admire, showed me her Guadalupe things, in her bedroom. I thought she was showing me their “new” addition, but actually she was showing me her altar. Many women here seem to have them. Either inside or outside their homes.Then she showed me how her old, pre-Hurricane Kenna, home was arranged. All the cooking, eating, and laundry areas were under a big palapa attached to a very tall palm. When the Hurricane took it down, everything collapsed, including the two sleeping areas.
And then they rebuilt in concrete block and laminated roofing. With windows and doors. She was animated and happy when she was marking off the off areas on what is now the open patio in front of their new home. “Here was my table, and stove, and the place for washing, and……” She said she misses the old life and likes her new home.I love my space here, in Chacala. A 13 X 13 bedroom, with a brick arched ceiling and two big windows, a 5 by 8 bath. Tiled floors, and a 13X14 covered patio, with a great view. I love it. I feel to blessed to live here.
These are photos of churches I have visited in San Miguel de Allende and San Juan de Los Lagos. I think they are lovely,and I like being in them. But the human and societal price we pay for these structures is always in my mind.