Ancestral Secrets (Ep 09: The syncretic Purification)

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One of the oldest cultures in America is preparing to celebrate the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It might seem like a contradiction: that indigenous people celebrate a Catholic virgin. But it is a syncretism kept for centuries. Behind the figure of the virgin is mother earth, encrypted in the symbol of a vagina. The community guide is Tlachiquero, who prepares the Pulque. An ancient brew distilled from agave. Sacred medicine that will be offered to the Virgin of Guadalupe in a carnival of dance and masks to achieve purification.

La Ventana Cine
Directed by: 
Jota Loyola Crovetto
Chile / Colombia
6x52' or 12x26'
Spanish / (English Subtitles)