Mexico en Filipinas: Estudio de unaTransculturacion

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Author: Bernal, Rafael (1915-1972)

Year: 1965

Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Place: Mexico City


144 pages with tables. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas, Cuadernos, Serie historica Numbero 11. First edition limited to 1500 copies.

The routes of commerce do not serve only to carry merchandise. They also bring men and, with the men, ideas, words, ways of life, and crafts and the arts. Two hundred and fifty years of contact and trade between the Philippines and Mexico has left enormous traces in both countries. In a Mexican print of the 19th century, the artist represents the port of Acapulco. He is a painter of the Romanesque period, when the sea always looked frizzy. So in the picture the waves break on the beach of Hornos, while some sailboats bow to the wind. And almost on the first plane we see something surprising, something that is not of America: a canoe with seesaws in the Malay or Polynesian way, a canoe that does not turn over even in the highest waves. Nowhere else in America or even among the Caribs, great navigators, will there be such a device that has reached Acapulco with the sailors of the Philippines who manned the Galeon of Manila. And likewise, a lot of things came to the Philippines from Mexico. Not only the silver of the mines, which made it possible to trade with China, but thousands of products, ways of life, important ones, others, which are now an integral part of the Filipino culture, without knowing many times of its Mexican origin. Rafael Bernal explores these cross-cultural transmutations and shows where many originate in this work on transculturation.


Previous owner's name on front end paper, edge wear, spine age toned, lightly soiled else a very good copy.

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