pastorelas ( dance of shepherds ) Dic. 24 - Feb. 02
Pastorelas in Pàtzcuaro`s region
Right after the spanish conquest back in XVI century christian traditions were introduce by the evangelizers into the new world… Among other traditions the Pastorelas is one of the ways to instruct the native people of Mèxico into christianity.
The spiritual conquest held by the catholic church in Michoacàn holds It`s own allegory. Now a days in the communities the Pastorelas are enriched by the joy to dance of Purepecha people who guardian our traditions.Pastorelas begin on Christmas and end on la Candelaria-Candlemas Feb.2. Traditionally in each of the villages they last for three to four days Each of the towns take turns in pre established dates to reenact the shepherds journey to visit and adore fresh born baby Jesus. On their way to Bethlehem the shepherds have to deal with devil`s tricks and temptations, but they will be helped by Michael the Archangel and a Hermit. Finally they get before baby God bringing with them presents for Him...all this acommpanied by the traditional brass band.