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Pre-Hispanic San Miguel de Allende: Sacrifice, Syncretism, and Unique Burial Practices

By Robin Loving Rowland


Cañada de la Virgen

One of the reasons that San Miguel fascinates is that it has a very blended culture based on how indigenous beliefs and customs have melded with Christian beliefs over the past 500 years, a process known as syncretism. One of the indigenous customs was sacrifice, which has morphed into local modern traditions. Indigenous burial practices also have morphed into customs in use today. An expert on these matters and more, Albert Coffee, will present “Pre-Hispanic San Miguel:  Sacrifice, Syncretism, and Unique Burial Practices” on Tuesday, February 10, at 12:30pm to the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende–Midday, at Hotel Mision, Salida a Queretaro 1. The presentation will be free.

Rotary Presentation
“Pre-Hispanic San Miguel de Allende:  Sacrifice, Syncretism, and Unique Burial Practices”
Tue, Feb 10, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión
Salida a Querétaro 1
152 3709

Coffee is an archaeologist who worked alongside the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and history team by invitation when San Miguel’s most famous pyramid, Canada de la Virgen, was excavated a few years ago.  Coffee is known for his tours of this site and others around Mexico, and for his insightful and mirthful storytelling on such topics.

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