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Irving Cabrera Torres

Irving Cabrera Torres is an author at Religion News Service.

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Conchero dancers carry forward Mexico’s pre-Hispanic traditions

By Irving Cabrera Torres — August 15, 2019
(RNS) — An ancient dance tradition with roots in Mexico’s indigenous culture, the Conchero calls down ancestral spirits to give their blessing.

In Mexico, Holy Week penitents continue bloody 16th-century traditions of absolution

By Irving Cabrera Torres — April 22, 2019
TAXCO, Mexico (RNS) — The celebration of Holy Week in this colonial town southwest of Mexico City is one of the most dramatic and shocking in the country.

In Mexico, modern witches celebrate ancient rites of spring

By Irving Cabrera Torres — March 27, 2019
CATEMACO, Mexico (RNS) — Sorcerers, witches, healers and spiritual guides appeared the first Friday of March as they have for almost 50 years in this small town in southern Mexico.

Mexico’s Fiesta de la Candelaria ends Christmas with a bang

By Irving Cabrera Torres — February 8, 2019
(RNS) — A traditional Candlemas celebration in the southern Mexican town of Tlacotalpan combines mischief and heartfelt adoration of the Virgin Mary.

Native artisans fight to survive in ‘the town of the Nativities’

By Irving Cabrera Torres — December 20, 2018
AMOZOC, Mexico (RNS) — For 100 years, this central Mexican town has made Nativity sets and other religious figures by hand. Now foreign competition has put its future in doubt.

The clown pilgrims of Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Irving Cabrera Torres — December 12, 2018
(RNS) — One of the most distinctive devotions to the patron saint of Mexico is a parade of clowns who make a pilgrimage to thank the Virgin for their good fortune.

Death is a way of life as Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead

By Irving Cabrera Torres — November 2, 2018
SAN ANDRÉS MIXQUIC, Mexico (RNS) — In Mexican families, the remembrance of loved ones is so frequent and natural that it can seem as if the deceased has never died.

In Mexico, donning chains to recall Christ’s pain on the cross

By Irving Cabrera Torres — April 3, 2018
ATLIXCO, Mexico (RNS) — For more than a century, the 'engrillados' have shackled themselves on Good Friday.
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