…”Dame un peso…un peso…un peso…” the indigenous kids pestered us.
Cómprame un refresco.
Cómprame eso...”

Chamula is one of my least favorite Mayan communities, where the local attitude seems to encourage drunkeness (on pox moonshine) and begging and sloth. After all…

…Porque tú eres gringa. Sí tú tienes, dame cinco pesos.”
Quieres una foto de mí? Es que soy guapo, te cobro cinco pesos.”
Es para mi tortilla. Y tú tienes dinero.”
Me regalas esto?” pointing to my watch. “Dámelo, soy pobre.

You laugh a little, but it wasn’t funny. It was a whole annoying afternoon of this: young Mayan children pointing at our things and demanding that we give it to them because they were poor, and swarming us and asking us to buy them things, using the informal “tú” to address us and being disrespectful. All we could do was joke and ask that they give us five pesos and buy us a few things–hey I could use some change. After a while, the kids gave me a dirty look and said an abrupt adios. And when we came home, guess what Mexicans say:

–“You know, it’s tourism that did this.

Surrrre. OK. Again, 100% the rich people’s fault, the foreigners’ fault. And if they grew up to be inept, dependent and resentful people, and say crass sexual jokes and grow up to be the delinquent jobless (which they do) it was also the tourists’ fault. Nevermind that these parents are the ones having four to five children and encouraging them to harass the tourists, nevermind that these parents tell their kids to climb onto our things and demand that we give it to them. You can’t always try to point a finger at someone else. I was so tired of hearing it. If they’re going to be such irresponsible retarded parents, maybe they shouldn’t have children at all, and if they do and grow up destitute, then why is it our problem…

*sigh* On a more positive note. The places outside of the city are characterized by beautiful corn fields and blue mountains. Within this week I will bring some friends to visit (1) Zinacantan (2) Tenejapa and (3) Huixtan. And next week I’ll also go to (4) La Garucha, a Zapatista community in the jungle to see traditional healers practicing with medicinal plants, and maternity practices among the indigenous.

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Spanish Words of the Day:afectar” sadden | “camposanto” graveyard | “laja” slab | “vil” – vile

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