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13 Dangerous Mexican Traditions

There is a certain daredevil quality to all Mexicanos.

Blindfold, spinning and piñatas.

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Who the hell thought blindfolding a person, spinning them around until they’re super dizzy and giving them a stick was a good idea? Oh, and don’t forget the drunk tío who stands on the roof holding the rope. There’s always one who falls.

Let’s take it up a notch and add explosives to those piñatas with el quema de Judas.

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On the day before Easter, piñatas in the shape of anyone who behaved badly, like a Judas, is filled with explosives and burned in the middle of a crowd riding horses. It could not get any more dangerous.

Veladoras that stay lit 24/7.

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Major fire hazard. But Mexicans don’t care.

And one is never enough.

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We always have to go above and beyond.

Cake suffocation.

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Have you ever tried breathing through layers of frosting?! Impossible.

Leave it up to Mexicans to make dancing a dangerous activity with this machete dance.

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Yes, we have a dance with machetes. WE. DANCE. WITH. MACHETES.

READ: You’ve Been Mistaking These Things For Mexican Your Whole Life

Then there’s la danza de los voladores.

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Apparently, the machete dance is not dangerous enough because we also have the danza de los voladores. Five men climbing up a pole, four of them hang from their feet, spinning around the pole while the fifth man stands on top of the pole playing a flute. Your blood pressure drops just watching them.

The line dance that always ends up a disaster: la vibora de la mar.

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Everyone’s fair game. The groom may fall, the bride may fall, single men or ladies may fall… you don’t know who, but someone always ends up eating sh*t.

Horse riding, but wait…

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Riding horses may not always be dangerous, but mix it with tequila, music and pedestrians during a crowded Mexican festival and you’ve got some trouble.

El Día de los Reyes.

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On el Día de los Reyes there’s always the risk of swallowing the baby Jesus on accident… or on purpose.

Launching a sh*t ton of fireworks.

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You know how fireworks come with all those warnings? Mexicanos ignore them all and there’s even a designated fireworks man or cuetero who fires them up during festivals.

Lucha Libre

Cleaning the house!

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All Mexicanos think they can fight like a luchador… even if they get their a$$ kicked by a pro.

Los jaripeos de toros.

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Where Mexicans ride bulls for fun. Literally, for no reason other than the thrill.

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Neiman Marcus Is Charging White People Prices For “Traditional, Handmade” Tamales And The Internet Has Had Enough

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Neiman Marcus Is Charging White People Prices For “Traditional, Handmade” Tamales And The Internet Has Had Enough

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America’s fancification and appropriation of simple, traditional foods – especially “ethnic foods” – reached another milestone with the news that Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus is now selling gourmet tamales on its website at a pretty astounding price — six dozen for $92, plus $18 for shipping. That’s $110 for 72 tamales.

How have we made it this far without Neiman Marcus tamales? For years, we’ve been relying on handmade tamales from our tías and primas like peasants, unaware that luxury tamales were just a click and a payday away.

The luxury tamales made headlines in outlets ranging from the Dallas Morning News to GQMy San Antonio called it “an outright food foul,” taking this “usually affordable, traditional dish” and tacking on “an outrageous price tag.”

But is it really at all surprising that a luxury retailer is trying to make a buck off our people’s food and culture?

Neiman Marcus is the type of place where you can expect to see a Mexican-inspired jacket, such as this one, retailing for more than $300.

Given the propensity for corporations from around the world to try and capitalize off other people’s cultures, it really isn’t too surprising that Neiman Marcus would launch a line of luxury tamales.

Now the Dallas-based luxury retailer is once again offering up ‘luxury yet tradition’ with their ‘handmade’ tamales.

Although news of the tamales has once again shocked many of us, it isn’t exactly new. It was in 2016 when Neiman Marcus first started offering these highbrow tamales and even then it made headlines. And it’s easy to see why.

An order of six dozen Neiman Marcus tamales will set you back $92, plus shipping. Neiman Marcus tamales might look like regular tamales, but they’re actually very expensive and fancy. They are “handmade from a traditional recipe of fresh stone-ground corn, top-quality meats, lard, spices, and natural flavorings.” Can the food truck by your office honestly claim that its meats are top-quality? Or is your mama using luxury masa?! 

At six dozen (72 total if you’re too lazy to do the math), the $92 price tag isn’t totally off the mark, especially if they’re truly handmade. Anyone who has helped make tamales during the holidays knows that it’s not only time-consuming, it also takes a bit of practice. (And if you screw up too often, you’ll be roasted for it by your mom and tías).

They’re only available in beef, chicken and pork. Sorry, folks, no rajas. Unfortunately for Neiman Marcus customers, they’ll never experience what it’s like to unwrap a tamal, bite into it and realize it’s a random tamal de dulce that got mixed in with a different batch. 

But wait, there’s more! You can also order an “Enchilada Dinner” for $72.

Neiman Marcus didn’t stop with the tamales. Shoppers can also order flautas and enchiladas. In fact, for $72, plus $18 shipping, you get 12 enchiladas: six with beef and six with chicken.

Yup, Neiman Marcus is asking people to pay $90 for 12 enchiladas.

Just curious as to how many people are actually paying these white people prices to get their hands on traditional Mexican foods?

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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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There are a few moments when our dreams are actualized. For Daniela Villegas, that time is now. The Mexican engineering student earned a spot in a NASA program with her brains. Then, the community came together and raised the money she needed to follow her dream.

Daniela Villegas is a Mexican engineering student chasing her dreams.

Villegas is one of 60 people in the world chosen to participate in the International Air and Space Program. The program is a major educational opportunity for students in engineering and aerospace studies. Now that she has been chosen, it is time for her to pay the money in order to attend.

An online community came together and raised the money she needed to get to the NASA program.

What a wonderful moment for the young woman, and Mexicans everywhere. After all, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. We are all here rooting for you, Daniela. You can do it, mija!

Villegas is bringing so much pride to Mexico and Mexicans around the world.

Daniela Villegas is studying mechatronics engineering, which is a specialized engineering field. Mechatronic engineering is where mechanical, electrical, computer and robotics engineering come together. Mechatronic engineers are the ones who help to create all of the smart technologies that we use almost every day to make our lives easier.

The TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo student needs our help and we can make her dream happen.

TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo is located in the middle of the state of Sonora. Villegas raised $3,500 to get to the program in Huntsville, Alabama, and any little bit helped. It also wouldn’t be bad if she raised more so she can fully enjoy her time in the program making the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

READ: A Mexican Teenager Was The First Minor In 100 Years To Be Accepted Into A Post-Graduate Program At Harvard

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