This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Maya Identity As A Commodity In San Jose Succotz And San Cristóbal Mexico

2564 words - 10 pages

After the Second World War mass tourism has increased worldwide and has affected almost all countries. Mexico has become a ‘major tourist destination’ and also ethic tourism has taken off, because tourists became more interested in the indigenous cultures and search for authenticity. Nowadays ethnic tourism makes up ‘10% of Mexico’s tourism sector’ (Van Den Berghe 568). This essay will especially examine the commoditisation of the Maya identity; Maya was ‘a highly developed Mesoamerican culture centred in the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico’ (McKay et al 307). Over the last two decades Western tourists have become interested in Indian cultures, traditions and artefacts and they would like to see ‘living Maya culture’, therefore tour guides, tourees, middlemen and artisans have started to work in the ethnic tourism sector. According to Medina ‘The commoditization of culture for tourism may involve the utilization of new channels to access cultural traditions of great antiquity’ (354). To illustrate this: only 20.5% of the inhabitants of San Jose Succotz identifies with the Maya culture (Medina 360). Maya culture is less available through lived experience, because Maya languages and rituals disappear, therefore villagers working in the ethnic tourism sector have to gain knowledge by utilizing other, new channels. Ethic tourism often develops around archaeological sites; tour guides will take tourists to Maya ruins and transfer knowledge that they had gained from the ethnographers, archaeologists, and epigraphers (Medina 362). Some people argue that this ‘staged culture’ is not similar to the ‘authentic culture’. It might be possible that the culture transferred to the tourists at the moment is different from the way Mayans used to do. However, culture is a dynamic and changing entity, it is a construction and both the local people and the tourists give meaning to culture. Therefore there is not one fixed, authentic culture, yet culture changes over time and Maya culture presented to the tourists is just a variety of this culture and might eventually become part of the local culture, however this is not necessarily the case. This essay will examine in which ways the commoditisation of Maya identity, for example in stone carving and ceramics production, will contribute to the preservation of Maya identity, culture and tradition and will be specified on two centres of ethnic tourism in Latin America: San Jose Succotz and San Cristóbal.

First of all, the key concepts ‘ethnic tourism’ and ‘commoditisation of culture’ must be clarified. Ethnic tourism can be defined as ‘that form of tourism where the cultural exoticism of natives is the main tourist attractant’ (Van Den Berghe 1992 234). In this case, tourists are especially interested in the Maya culture, which they want to see and experience. Ethnic tourists shared ‘an ideology of anticonsumerism, a search for authenticity, a return to nature’ (Van Den Berghe 1995 580). According to Breglia the ethnic...

Find Another Essay On The Maya Identity as a Commodity in San Jose Succotz and San Cristóbal Mexico

50 Essays: Grasping Social Divisions - San Jose State - Homework Assignment

1498 words - 6 pages life had been changed from her earlier years compared to her life when she was thirteen. She lived her early life comfortably when she was surrounded by the same colored people as she was. When she moved to a more white influenced town she considered herself as finally colored because she physically seemed and looked different than her usual normality. “But I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking

The Weather in San Francisco and Corporal by Richard Brautigan

1312 words - 6 pages Richard Brautigan’s short fiction stories incorporate protagonists that are recognizably fictionalized versions of the author himself. He writes in order to extract his own struggles of the past and the difficulties of discovering himself in the present. Through the characters in The Weather in San Francisco and Corporal, the portrayal of his optimistic view of life as a consequence of the rigors of daily life, and the use of symbols, Brautigan

San Diego Mormon Temple and the Chartres Cathedral in France

1244 words - 5 pages San Diego Mormon Temple and the Chartres Cathedral in France The San Diego Mormon Temple bases its architecture on gothic roots; where the epitome of early gothic architecture is the Chartres Cathedral in France. The Mormon Temple is made of white aggregate stone and stucco, very angular and massive, built as a Gothic revival temple. Designed by William Lewis, Jr., the architect took into consideration

A Reassessment of the !Kung San

1102 words - 4 pages A Reassessment of the Kung San The !Kung San are a group of hunter-gathers that make their home in the northern Kalahari desert. Although many ecological and cultural changes have occurred within this group throughout the past thirty years, this article examines the gathering and subsistence patterns that characterize these people. Bentley examines the total fertility rate of the !Kung San and hypothesizes that the pattern of female

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Firestorm

1621 words - 6 pages San Francisco was a very opulent city during the 19th century due to the gold rush, the city was thriving and booming and more than 400,000 people residing in this area but the dynamics of this change when at 5:12 am April 1906.1 Powerful devastation ultimately gripped California in April 1906. The Great San Francisco Earthquake is number as one the most powerful devastation in the United Sates.2 On this despondent day many lives were taken

The 1906 San Francisco Fire and Earthquake

1717 words - 7 pages Angeles and inland as far as central Nevada. 9100 miles away in Gottingen, Germany a recorded seismogram showed the ground in Germany moved as a result of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. After the quake, a 290 mile crack was left along the San Andreas Fault. Offsets in the fault ranged anywhere from eight to twenty eight feet. The ground was moving at a speed of about three miles per hour. (USGS)John Farish, a mining engineer who was staying at the

The San Francisco Earthquake

787 words - 3 pages the fires. Loads of fire engines soon arrived on the spot and tried to control the fire. So many people were crying and screaming as they lost all they had and were standing on the streets with nothing. That was the worst earthquake in San Francisco. So many people were made homeless and my family and I were one of them. It was a terrifying experience and I hope it doesn’t happen again. We haven’t got anything with us and

the san francisco peaks

1533 words - 6 pages In 1629, a group of Franciscans stationed at the village of Oraibi named the giant mountains they saw San Francisco, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi . Opinions over the use of the peaks by Native tribes and this new influx of culture are as far apart as the names they call the mountain itself. At over a mile high, the San Francisco Mountains tower over the predominantly Anglo town of Flagstaff to the south. The mountain range was actually

The San Vitale in Ravenna and The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

878 words - 4 pages Monuments such as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and San Vitale in Ravenna, perform a great importance in Byzantine and Islamic architecture. Both of these structures did not exclusively represent the main place of worship, but most importantly as a symbol of achievement and growth within the current times of construction. Starting in 524, under the influence of Orthodox bishop Ecclesius, the development of San Vitale was to represent the

Love and Loneliness in Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey

1539 words - 6 pages Love and Loneliness in Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." -Theodore Roosevelt, 1901   In Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1939), a message is woven throughout the pages and portrayed in each character. The novel is about the finest bridge in all of Peru and on Friday, July the twentieth, 1714, the bridge broke, taking five

A Resilient Peoples: An Introduction to the San

2520 words - 10 pages existence on earth. The San make one of the most genetically diverse people since their genetic lineage has had the longest to evolve. The San have overcome an onslaught of obstacles, such as cultural transformations, war, and ethnocide and still survive to this day in a state almost similar to the origin of time, making them one of the most resilient people on earth. One may argue that progression is to change, but the San have proved that

Similar Essays

Analysis: San Jose Mercury News

1253 words - 6 pages content, but also by establishing themselves as industry leaders in a niche market. Firm Practices Efficient business practices have been implemented in the firm that focus on efficiency. An example of this is San Jose Mercury Newspaper move to web to reduce costs and to advance in technology. Other industry practices are to report the news with integrity and upholding journalistic ethics like the anonymity of sources. References

Rejuvenating Escapade In California With Holidays In San Jose

819 words - 4 pages San Jose Overview Locally known as the capital city of Silicon Valley and among the highly recommended holiday destination in the region, San Jose is a tremendous metropolis of California featured with a variety of culture, lifestyle, museums and sites catering voyagers from across the world from decades. The auspicious climate and remarkable sightseeing wealth makes this fabulous town one of the most desired holiday destination among Londoners

San Jose Zero To Calgary Hero: The Miikka Kiprusoff Story

948 words - 4 pages on to make do with what they had, which they quickly realized was far from enough. In Nabokov's absence, Kiprusoff was expected to step up, but was unimpressive in what would result in a 5-14-0 record, a gargantuan 3.25 goals against average, and a dreadful .879 save percentage. Inevitably, as it is with the game, Kiprusoff's briefly rising star was overtaken by Vesa Toskala, who outplayed "Kipper" to a season where San Jose fell hard from the

What Are The Five (5) Elements Of American Political Culture. San Jose State History Essay

426 words - 2 pages certain unalienable rights.” Democracy - “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Civic duty - “whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its power in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to