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Rabbit on the Moon

World tales of the Moon

Long ago, the gods tried four times to get the Sun in the sky but each time the Sun disappeared. All the world was cold and in darkness. The Aztec gods came together and tried to think of a way to get the Sun to stay in the sky.

One of the gods said, “We must build a big fire and one of us must throw ourselves into the fire. Well, they all thought it was good idea — for someone else.

Finally a god named Tecuiziztecatl said, “Yo lo hare, I will do it, yo so poderoso, I am powerful.

Then Nanahautzin was chosen. He said, “Yo no soy poderosa. I am not powerful. It is true that I have been sick and my body is covered with sores but I am a good man.”

So the gods built a huge fire and danced and drummed around the fire for four days and nights. On the fourth night, all the gods arranged themselves into two lines. Tecuiziztecatl was chosen first. He ran toward the fire but when he got to it, he stopped. Then he looked around and said, “Tengo miedo. I am afraid.” This happened three more times.

Then it was Nanahuatzin’s turn. He stood at the beginning of the lines, determined. He ran down between the gods and when he got to the edge, he jumped into the fire with a shout of joy. He went into the sky and became the Sun. Tecuiziztecatl was so ashamed that he too leaped into the fire and another huge flaming Sun was in the sky.

The gods looked up and said, “Ah, this is good. Now we have two Suns.” One of the gods said, “Wait, Tecuitziztecatl has no right to shine as bright as brave Nanahautizin!”

The god picked up a round-eared rabbit and threw it at Tecuitziztecatl. It went flying, spinning across the sky and landed hard against him and knocked some of the light from him. Tecuiziztecatl became the Moon, la luna. Nanahautzin became the Sun, la sol.

When there is a full Moon, an outline of the rabbit the god threw that night can still be seen.

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July 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm 2 comments

Monarch Butterflies


The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly

Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.

But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.

The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.

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December 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Teotihuacan Treasure Trove


CITINERARY: Teotihuacan

de Young Hosts Recently Discovered Treasure Trove in ‘Teotihuacan’

Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacán

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January 31, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

68voces: The Fireflies that Embellish the Trees

Matlatzinca. Las luciérnagas que embellecen los árboles from Hola Combo on Vimeo.

Mi grandfather used to tell me that, when rain season started in June, fireflies arrived with it.
They made the trees happy so people’s hearts also shined.
All of this during Saint Peter’s Day.
The chimer rang the church’s bell loudly while the fireflies, lead by torches, arrived to to the trees to make them happy with their little lights. Trees forgot about sadness and beard fruit.
The people in town kept singing until torches were extinguished or fireflies stopped shinning.
Then the night was dark but the trees were healed.
Now, the absence of the chants and ocotes has made the trees sad again, but it’s our job to light the torches again, sing to Saint Peter and make our hearts shine along the fireflies to make the trees happy again.

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January 2, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

68voces: The Wind

Ayapaneco. El Viento from Hola Combo on Vimeo.

Back then, there was a drunk man who fall down wherever he went. He even got inside some houses.One day, he stepped on a cornfield and destroyed it.He went on and knocked down whatever was on his way: trees, houses, and every parcel of land. He was considered a worker in this world because that drunk man became the wind, that’s why now the wind wanders around as he pleases. Just like the drunk man who used to destroyed everything on its way. Since then, that drunk man is the wind we feel.

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January 1, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Frida’s Fiestas

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November 13, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

The tiger and the grasshopper

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