Defining Relationships in Mexican Culture

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Defining Relationships in Mexican Culture

This paper will define certain relationships in Mexican culture, taken from a popular belief 's perspective. The topics covered will be family, community, religion, and the word Chingar. Some background facts about Mexico: The place of advanced Amerindian civilizations, Mexico came under Spanish rule for three centuries before achieving independence early in the 19th century. A devaluation of the peso in late 1994 threw Mexico into economic turmoil, triggering the worst recession in over half a century. The nation continues to make an impressive recovery. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income
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Another example of machismo is certain descriptions of men, like "This man who farts and belches and snores as well as laughs and kisses and holds her. Somehow this husband whose whiskers she finds each morning in the sink, whose shoes she must air each evening in the porch, this husband who cuts his fingernails in public, laughs loudly, curses like a man, and demands each course of dinner be served on a separate plate like his mother 's, as soon as he gets home, on time or late, who doesn 't care at all for music or telenovelas or romance or roses…. this man, this father, this rival, this keeper, this master, this husband till kingdom come." ( Cisneros, 1992) Some have called adultery a social norm for men, and abuse, both physical and emotional, is not uncommon. Wives are generally expected to endure this treatment from their husband, in the chapter Eyes of Zapata we read "They say you have three women in Jojutla, all under one roof. And that your women treat each other with a most extraordinary harmony… These stupid country girls, how can they resist you?... But you are as well my husband." ( Cisneros, 1992) Of course norms change moving from the pueblos to the cities or as advancement takes place. A mother is often exclusively responsible for

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