The closure of the ritual consists in the reception of the pilgrims at the house of the marduma davu; each participant gets a necklace made of Flower of May and a hand greeting accompanied with the expression tauko Davu (welcome Rain). It is important to mention that, like the Rain God, the Vehe Savi were ichnographically represented since Olmec times (1500–500 b.c.). From the mouth of the cave, large volutes leave in various directions, as if describing a torrent of wind. Dzavui (the Rain God) refers to the colonial period, corresponds to Davu in the dialectal variant of Yuta Nduchi. KNAW Press, Amsterdam, pp 187–215, Jansen MERGN, Pérez JGA (2008) Paisajes sagrados: códices y arqueología de Ñuu Dzaui. Aquellos días del siglo XVI. Dioses de la lluvia. (14 x 13.3 x 5.1 cm) Collecting Area. With these principles, current, colonial and archaeological data and documents are gathered for a better understanding of the precolonial history and with the interest of reconstructing old perceptions, revitalizing memories and developing cultural identities that have been interrupted, oppressed and cast into oblivion since the colonial period (Jansen 2004, 2008; Jansen and Pérez 2008, 2011).

Near his nose a devil appears with a lashing tongue and large glasses, carrying a key in his left hand, confirming the role of the jaws of the Leviathan as the entrance to hell (Vergara Hernández 2008) (Fig. Essays on movement, knowledge and description, Routledge, 1st edn. Through the aid of archaeological research, we know the characteristic aspects of the Rain God: his face bears a resemblance of glasses, a screwed nose, tusks, and sometimes, a mustache; his body is painted blue or black; he commonly carries in one hand two intertwined snakes symbolizing lightning and in the other, a jar with water; decorated with, among other things, tender plants of corn and representations of hills (Solís 2001; Fundación Cultural Armella 2008) (Fig. Essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill. The Mixtecs were masters in making gold and metal objects.

The importance of the wind for the formation of clouds filled with water from where drops of rain fall. Taylor and Francis Group, London, Ingold T (2013) Dreaming of dragons: on the imagination of real life. Each society attributes to water a value and meaning of its own, forming a part of their identity. The Mixtecs’ legacy includes many more amazing achievements. Unknown Artist. The Mexican Valley was a large area of central Mexico that had many indigenous civilizations.

This thinking has its origins in Mexico’s colonial period (1521), when the Spanish regime was established and with it, the violent imposition of Christianity as the sole religion. Footnote 1 (People of the Rain). In the region of Nuyoo there are four Houses of Rain whose location also corresponds with the four cardinal points (Monaghan 1995). Revista española de antropología americana 6:245–327, Broda J (1982) El culto mexica de los cerros y del agua. As one of the most important sites of the region, inhabited between 500 and 900 a.d. (Spores 1972; Caso 2003), it currently has the name of Yuku Ñuu Dahui (Hill of the Rain God). Anders F, Jansen M (1994) La pintura de la muerte y de los destinos. The Mixtec were one of them; many died in sacrifices and some of the most skilled craftsmen moved to the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, to create new wonders in gold for their new rulers. Well, if you were a member of the Mixtec royal family, the answer would be obvious, as your date of birth would also be your name. 2010). For this reason, it is fundamental their recognition and respect as part of this multicultural world, where we belong as human beings. 50 What date is your birthday? 4).

It is noteworthy that both he and his clothing are decorated with drops of rain (Angulo 1987; Grove and Angulo 1987) (Fig. The sacred places where these rituals are performed are the Vehe Davu (House of the Rain GodFootnote 6), it should be noted that its own configuration given by different millenary processes inspires admiration, beauty and respect, feelings that are going to affect the condition of each participant and the congregation as a whole.