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  • Bible passages mix with traditional dances and costumes from different regions of the Oaxacan state at the religious celebrations in the towns of the Mixtec Highlands. Celebrations last for days, all of them administrated in the system of "Mayordomía" (stewardship) that puts volunteers in charge of the food, fireworks and beverages for all the people in town...
  • The celebrations and form of organization come from different pre-Hispanic traditions. During the Spanish colonization the celebrations incorporated Catholic imagery. Nowadays Mayordomías also work to demonstrate social status, showing who can afford the best-looking parade float, the tastiest foods, the greatest amount of alcohol or the brightest fireworks every year.
  • As Mayordomías are a commitment to the community scheduled at least one year in advance, often migrants come back from the United States to be part of the celebrations. Being able to spend in dollars instead of pesos—an exchange rate of 17 to one—can make social mobility seem viable for many returnees.
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