reply to post by Nana2
But you're missing the point. Culture can easily live on without some mythical purity of blood.
There are aspects of Mayan culture still alive and well today in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Syncretism has occurred because when the Spanish
arrived in 1519-1522, the Mayans (as well as the Aztecs and the Tlaxcaltecs and Yaquis and Purrhepechan and various other groups) were pushed into a
corner, but there was never a total annihilation of their culture. It survived in various forms and to varying degrees of mixing with Spanish
Let's not forget that leading up until just a few decades before the invasion of the Americas, Spanish culture had just gone through a continuous
process of evolution, from the Roman Empire in decline to the Gothic kingdoms and the invasion of the Moors and the influx of North African and
Arabian cultural influences.
If anything, Mexico is the product of the Celt, the Greek, the Roman, the Goth, the Basque, the Arab, the Jew, the Mayan, the Aztec, the Olmec, the
Toltec and the Huastec, to name a few. There is no "one culture" even when we talk about Mexico, or Spain. It is merely the point of mixing that has
occurred up until this moment that we put it under the microscope and analyze it and write books about it.
...Or England. What is England, if not a mix of the Celtic, the Brythonic, the Roman, the Angle, the Saxon, the Jute, the Norseman, and the Norman?
By extension, what is American culture? There is some of this English influence, but it is not pure either, insofar as we can even identify what
"pure" actually would mean...
And while I only talk about culture, there is also ethnicity. They may or may not line up exactly...
...ask one of the millions of Japanese Brazilians (who may or may not speak Japanese and practice flower arranging ceremony).
...ask the Bulgarians, a Turkic people who adopted a Slavic language and Christianity.
...ask any American with a non-English name...analyze them and see if they don't hit your standards about "being American" once you here how they
talk, what they do, what they wear, etc.
OK, ask questions all you want about so-called biracial marriages, but don't ignore empirical evidence when it disagrees with your opinions. It's
not "attacking" to lay out the facts.