masked celebration

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Ano nuevo, Michoacan, Mexico.

Before the conquest, the color black was associated with deities and ceremonies. Among the Purepechas, the god Curicaueri was black; the nobles Tarascans blackened their body with soot for solemn ceremonies, and the warriors did the same before entering the battle.

The performance of the “Negros” in the  Purepecha plateau, in Michoacan, during the 25th of December and 1rst of January, is linked to the change of “cargueros” (ceremonial leaders).

“In pre-columbian times, black was associated with the extraordinary: with the divinity, with the power and the lavish display of riches.” (Janet Esser)

Here, a large group of  young “Negritos”, perform all day long in the village with great discipline, dancing in front of each household who makes donations (mainly corn) for the new cargueros.

Photography © Florence Leyret Jeune

anonymous asked:

ok I'm a sucker for bangtanhmu, inc backstory so can we know how the couples met??? plz god winnie

soft couple(taehyung): they met at noraebang late one night omg !!!! taehyung was there w jimin and we know tae doesn’t drink but y/n truly thought he was drunk outta his mind when she walked into the wrong room n found him singing (yelling) and dancing to gee by snsd. jimin was so embarrassed (even tho he wasn’t the one trying to hit taeyeon’s high notes) and just looked @ the doorway mortified but tae didn’t care n offered y/n the microphone as he continued to follow along to the choreography as best as he could. and of course he gained a duet partner bc y/n was smitten as soon as she saw the pure (non intoxicated heheheh) excitement in his eyes :b y/n forgot abt the friends she was supposed to meet there and stayed with the 95z until their hour was up. tae made jimin pretend to be hungry so he had an excuse to hang out w y/n some more and invited her to mcdonalds w them and he kept sneaking peaks at her as they walked the two blocks bc he honestly was convinced she was an angel n now that he wasn’t being filtered w the multicolored lights of the noraebang room he felt a lil shy and ofc jimin noticed this right away and would giggle whenever taehyung’s eyes would go wide when y/n spoke to him and when he stuttered out her order to the cashier !!!! so mini had his fun bc he knew that would be the last time he’d ever hang out w them n not feel like a third wheel

*referenced in from friends 2 lovers texts :b of the members tae is only ever jealous of jimin :b

custard bread couple(yoongi): they met @ a clothing store !!! the stylists had finally caught on that yoongi had been taking home his ~work clothes because honestly he had been a lil too lazy to shop or dress himself lately and after he gave them back he was left w very little clean things and didn’t want to go through their communal laundry pile n figure out what was his so he decided to just shop instead. so he went out w the standard celebrity hat + mask disguise combo and tbh noticed y/n working in the shop right away bc she was in the darks section hidden between two racks of sweaters n secretly using her phone. and it was kinda cute n funny to him 1. bc she was slacking off during work and 2. bc she was dressed in white n pastel pink so she did more standing out than blending in. n so yoongi pretended to look thru a rack of black sweaters for a few mins before he cleared his throat n said “is playing hide and seek part of the job?” and y/n obvi jumped bc she didn’t even realize someone had been in that section and dropped her phone on the ground. so she was pouty and ready to kinda say something bratty back but as soon as she took one look @ yoongi n his hat + mask she bursted into laughter and said “you look like a walking police sketch” min yoongi pretty much lost to the demonic possession that is love @ that very moment

*y/n talks abt work often in texts n she’s the only s/o who mentions it (for this reason :b)

best couple(hoseok): they met @ the hospital when hoseok was a handful of months old and y/n was a handful of hours! n there’s not much to say abt that initial encounter but their moms are best friends n they grew up together u know. hoseok would cry whenever he fell n scraped his knee & y/n would tell him she loved him n did her best to distract his thoughts as she placed a band aid over the wound. when her parents didn’t get her the doll castle she wanted for her bday hoseok ran home n gathered up all his legos to build one for her. n so they lived w that kind of dynamic (being each other’s knight in shining armor) for a long time n they loved it u know and they could admit that to themselves and to others but as they grew older they would never admit that they ~more than platonic~ loved each other bc “best friends don’t do that”. so hoseok would sit on the edge of y/n’s desk w his arms crossed n his tongue digging into the side of his cheek as another one of their classmates attempted a horribly thought out confession and instead of direct rejection y/n would ramble on abt what a perfect guy shinee’s taemin was. hoseok still instinctively scoffs whenever he hears replay. it wasn’t easy 4 y/n either bc her bff hoseokie whom she had to quickly change the channel for when horror movie ads came on was suddenly this handsome godly dancer n she had to wash her hands for an uncomfortable amount of time as she eavesdropped on the other girls in the restroom gushing over how hot her best friend was and struggled to deal w the fact that she thought the same.

*referenced so many times omg in from friends 2 lovers, bff hobi texts, daily texts

chokeslam couple(jeongguk): these 2 frogs met outside a convenience store lmao !!!! u know those claw game machines where u spend like a billion quarters just to fail @ winning a plushie 50 consecutive times ??? that’s what guk was doing. mingyu made the mistake of saying those things were impossible and of course guk had to prove him wrong. honestly @ the time he didn’t even know why he had so many quarters in his wallet but he’d later find out that it was one of taehyung’s weird pranks that he’ll forever be grateful for because y/n who was eating her convenience store ramen very very slowly had been watching him lose to the machine 7 times in a row and tbh it was so f*vkifng funny to her and watching the rly cute guy getting scammed by a machine had made her forget abt the mental breakdown she had bc of exams 1hr earlier. so she stuffed her snacks in her backpack n watched him fail just once more before sauntering over as he turned to complain to his friend. y/n smiled n said hey as she put 2 quarters into the machine & guk turned around v v v startled but his surprised rounded eyes soon filled w/ awe ? admiration ? worship ? as y/n managed to successfully capture a plushie within 4 seconds n then slid it into the large pocket of his hoodie after she pulled it out of the slot. but guk couldn’t do much 2 respond bc what tf a goddess was standing in front of him??! this divine and hot as hell supreme being who conquered the cursed claw machine in 1 shot. so y/n taught him the secret to beat the game and mingyu had excused himself after the pair had won two more plushies together and guk didn’t even feel bad that he had forgotten that his friend was there bc this really really interesting convenience store girl was leaning over his shoulder n coaching him as he went for the doramon plushie and her hair smelt like strawberries. when he walked her back to her dorm there were 3 plushies in the pocket of his hoodie, one in his actual hood, 3 in y/n’s backpack and one in her arms.

*jeongguk n y/n are always @ the convenience store esp late @ night !!!! i write it all the time but it only makes it into the texts sometimes. + if they’re talking abt food it’s always ramen. :p

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Año nuevo, Michoacan, Mexico.

Before the conquest, the color black was associated with deities and ceremonies. Among the Purepechas, the god Curicaueri was black; the nobles Tarascans blackened their body with soot for solemn ceremonies, and the warriors did the same before entering the battle.

The performance of the “Negros” in the  Purepecha plateau, in Michoacan, during the 25th of December and 1rst of January, is linked to the change of “cargueros” (ceremonial leaders). “In pre-columbian times, black was associated with the extraordinary: with the divinity, with the power and the lavish display of riches.” (Janet Esser) Here, a large group of  young “Negritos”, perform all day long in the village with great discipline, dancing in front of each household who makes donations (mainly corn) for the new cargueros. Photography © Florence Leyret Jeune

Halloween Pumpkin Masks

There are five types of pumpkin mask you could potentially collect tonight once the Halloween celebrations start:

  1. Pumpkin Mask (the orange one, from Jack only)
  2. Yellow Pumpkin Mask (from a villager)
  3. Green Pumpkin Mask (from a villager)
  4. Red Pumpkin Mask (from a villager)
  5. Purple Pumpkin Mask (from a villager)

How to get one:

  1. Don’t wear any clothing items except a QR for your outfit when walking around town on Halloween evening
  2. Find a villager outside and let them talk to you (they’ll be wearing the pumpkin mask you could potentially get)
  3. Refuse to give them candy, and deliberately lose the game they play with you if you can
  4. You’ll receive their mask
  5. Remove it before talking to the next villager

To get the orange one from Jack, just refuse him candy. He won’t play any games with you.

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Los Feos (tr. Ugly), (Michoacan, Mexico), sharply contrasting with the elegant, disciplined and courtly group of Kurpites (bachelor men), are part of a special group of young married men taking part in the yearly celebration of the change of “cargueros”(people in charge in the community).  Mi-serious, mi-jocking, wearing masks usually made of natural elements, they invert, for that special day, all the valors accepted by the Purepechas: they are naughty, noisy, and eventually behave in obscene or blasphemous way.  

Photography © Florence Leyret Jeune