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Who Was Ignacio Ramírez, “El Nigromante”?

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By Jesusa Rodríguez

You will note that many places in San Miguel de Allende are named after Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”: the Centro Cultural, the library, the handicraft market, schools, and streets. In spite of this, not many people know who this illustrious Sanmiguelense was and what he did.

Ignacio Ramirez used the pen name “El Nigromante,” which means “necromancer,” a person who magically invokes the spirits of the dead. But Ramirez did not believe in magic. To the contrary, he thought matter was indestructible and therefore eternal. Even before Darwin and Nietzsche, he said: “There is no God. Natural beings sustain themselves.”

A master of many teachers, Ramirez said: “I am a positivist; every man who is not infallible, absolute, or intolerant must seek the reality of things.” He was also well known as a great supporter of the native peoples of Mexico.

Is it true that he knew things that only those who listen to and take statements from the dead? All these conjectures are the product of the pseudonym that he himself chose.

On July 22, the bicentennial of his birth will be celebrated and it will be done with joy. Maybe it will wake up the living to speak up in this country, where corruption, impunity and silence reign.




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