Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pasion en Iztapalapa

My friends brought me to Iztapalapa, a part of the city that is best know fo r the Pasion, or reeanctment of the crucifixion that they have every year. As you arrived by train you walked by some cool photos they they had of previous years, like one of the guy who had played Jesus being treated for serious wounds. Someone even told me that they really put nails through his hands. I realized early on that there were many similarities here to Lucha Libre- professional wrestling. The suspension of disbelief was key.

We had been invited by Marcy (left side), who Polka Madre knows because she works in a place near casa Kramer called "Polleria 'las Pollitas'" ("The "Little Chicken" Chicken Shop[!]). But on this special day she was all dressed up and asked Marina not to tell any of us how they knew each other. She didn't want to be known as a "chicken girl".Tejja was taking photos as well.

The other aspect of the day was these guys who drag heavy crosses throug the street and up to the top of the steep hill where Jesus is to be crucified.When you aren't dragging it, it's time to casually lean on it!

They had them up for sale.
I liked this guy cause his assistant was wearing a Scotty Pippen jersey.

You could buy snacks like these: boiled pork skin with lime.

This float was made of flower petalsThis was like sand or sawdust

Reporters queried Eric about his mustache.I saw these people scarfing down Chicharrons while passively watching Jesus die and though "Can you be any more Mexican?"...

...and then I saw this guy. His girlfriend looked like she was twelve and ready for breeding. I thought "I guess someone is more Mexican."This guy, too. He was wearing a hat of Brujeria, which is a satanic metal band while avidly watching the passion play.On jumbotrons, cause it was too crowded to see much.
really crowded.
See those little crosses? Thats Jesus biting it. Then they played "Ave Maria" and things were serious for like 2 minutes. Then it was back to the usual. Although 15 minutes later out of the clear blue sky it started raining. Marina told me that this has happened five years in a row. I'm serious.

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