(From the Mexico Trip Blog)
By far, the home stays were the highlight of the trip. I was deeply moved by the peoples´ experience, their culture, their rituals, and their customs.
Sunday morning we took a trip through the woods to visit a site sacred to indigenous people, and then he led us through an ancient religious ritual. It was a profoundly affecting experience. I was struck by how similar the indigenous spirituality and many rituals are to traditional Christianity. Which made the story of the conquest that much more tragic as the missionaries destroyed many temples and denounced their faith as pagan.
Life, death, resurrection, even the cross was present prior to the Spanish arriving. Rod and I were reflecting upon how different Mexican history might have been if the Spanish missionaries were able to use existing indigenous images, rather than destroying ancient beliefs.