There is a mountain standing watch over the village of Teotitlán de Valle in Oaxaca. Referred to as Brother Mountain by the locals, and otherwise known as Picacho, this mountain plays a very important role in the community here in the central valley region of Oaxaca. Teotitlán del Valle is a small community of around 6,000 people just 30 minutes’ drive from central Oaxaca, but it is also another world. One in which spirits from other realms and MesoAmerican gods still play a part in everyday life. Read more
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Saturday, May 3rd was an important day of celebration in Teotitlán. Known as La Fiesta de las Cruces, or Cruz de Mayo, the day has religious origins from the 16th Century, and is primarily observed by miners, masons and construction workers.
Traditionally in Mexico, a cross decorated with flowers and paper is placed on the highest point of a building under construction, which will then protect those who labour below it. This same premise is followed in Teotitlán, and a large cross is placed on what the locals refer to as Brother Mountain; Picacho, the peak that overlooks the village, so all living below it are kept safe. It is customary on May 3rd for the entire community to climb Picacho in celebration, and to ask for continued protection. Read more