Fear: The Oldest Form of Latino Discipline

Fear is, undoubtedly, the oldest and most effective form of control for Latino parents…and they were very well aware of this. They made sure our childhood was full of macabre myths that would keep us away from any modestly fun thing. Here’s what they scared us with…

El Chamuco




Every time your mom took you shopping you stayed glued to her out of fear of being kidnapped.

La Llorona

La mano peluda


El Hombre con la Bolsa

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Let’s Take A Moment To Honor The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mercado Who Guides Us Through Life


Let’s Take A Moment To Honor The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mercado Who Guides Us Through Life

Raise your hand if your mami y abuela would listen in to Walter Mercado’s every word to start their year and dictate your life accordingly. If you’ve ever been a victim of Mercado’s astrological predictions, then you’ve also been benefited from the pleasure of growing up with the Puerto Rican icon in your living room.

No doubt there have been days that your mom also gave you money because Mercado said you would have good fortune that day. Walter Mercado has shaped all our lives in one way or another. Here’s how his life was shaped:

Walter Mercado Salinas was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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His mom, Aída Salinas was actually from Catalonia, Spain, but his father, José María Mercado was from San Germán, Puerto Rico. Mercado found fame in Puerto Rico and has never relocated.

Mercado is a Pisces.

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According to every astrological expert in training I know, Pisces is the most psychic sign. Mercado was born on March 9, 1932.

He’s 86 years old.

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That’s right. You’re looking at the fresh face of an 86-year-old. Now, whether or not he had help keeping that facil structure is the ultimate mystery.

Walter first worked as an actor in Puerto Rican telenovelas.

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He was in Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance). He’s since established a dramatic arts school called Walter Actors Studio 64.

Did Mercado have a spiritual awakening?

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Hmmm… we don’t know but we do know how he got his reputation for spiritual powers. The story goes that Mercado just happened to be at a Telemundo set when a scheduled artist didn’t show up.

Mercado was asked to fill the 15-minute slot making predictions wearing fancy robes.

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And from that, an icon was born. Mercado was invited to become a regular in making predictions. Talk about a lucky break.

Eventually, that led to his own show on WKAQ-TV.

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He spent time formally studying astrology, taro, and occult sciences. Listen, I don’t care how he got started, Mercado ain’t no fake.

His show was on the air for decades in the U.S. and Latin America.

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He was awarded Mr. Televisión by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York and the Señor Televisión title at the 1972 Festival de Codazos in the Dominican Republic for his work. It’s been a couple years since we’ve seen the aging astrologer dress up in full regalia on the daily.

Today, Mercado draws a card for each zodiac sign and posts his predictions on Facebook.

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For real, the guy is very active on Facebook these days, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way. We all need Walter Mercado in our lives and we are grateful that he is at least on Facebook.

He also had one of the best selling app on iOS and Android.

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In less than two months after releasing the apps, they were ranked #2 in Mexico and #144th in the United States. It’s no longer available, probably because the 86-year-old is just enjoying his life at this point.

He majored in psychology and pharmacy in college.

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He also majored in pedagogy, so he’s learned how to teach others, learned his way around the human mind, and how to use medicinal plants to cure people’s ailments.

Mercado grew up studying classical ballet.

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Where does he get his beauty and grace from? The elegance of ballet, claro. Apparently, he was the dancing partner of comedian Velda González.

In 2010, he changed his name to Shanti Ananda.

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That’s Sanskrit for “peace happiness.” The story goes that a “being of light” came to him and revealed to him his “authentic mystic name.”

He had taken a vow of celibacy for years.

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“I made a vow of celibacy until a woman came to awaken the energy of love in me and that is Mariette,” Mercado told Crónica back in 2004. We don’t know his relationship status right now.

A couple of years ago, he was part of this raro Doritos ad.

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It starts out with Mercado eyeing a gold spacesuit, eating a Dorito, and then magically appearing in space. Where’s he headed? Uranus. Three chips in, his face is plastered in the stars looking down on a couple making out in their car. This is Mercado’s future and it makes perfect sense to me.

In 2012, he was flown to a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio for cardiac surgery.

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He told El Nuevo Día, “I was dead, I come from the grave, I come from the snows, from the whirlwind that passed through me. They did not understand what happened because I do not smoke or drink alcohol, so it was a miracle.”

He’s always been able to levitate outside his body since childhood.

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After his heart attack, he told El Nuevo Día, “The heart was almost paralyzed, it happened and I was up, radiant with unified light with God. I listened to people talking, they said that I was so serious, so bad that I would not recover and I kept fighting against that negativity.”

He’s sold most of his sumptuous capes at auctions.

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He’s said he feels different after the heart attack. He wants to work with Puerto Rican youth and wants to establish the Shanti Ananda foundation. He also wants to donate three of his incredible capes to a museum.

Mercado predicted that Trump would initiate the apocalypse.

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Fortunately the world is still moving forward but many would argue that his vision has come true considering the state of our government and their treatment of migrants at the border.

Mercado is available for your call, mija.

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No need to worry about what 2019 has in store for you. Head to waltermercado.com and request a reading. Better yet, buy your Mami a reading for her birthday or Christmas.

TBH, we’re all a little nervous to hear what Mercado has predicted for this year.

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Because Mercado is always right (except for those 700 times he predicted an earthquake the next day). We grew up looking to Mercado to know how our day was going to be, and we can’t imagine life without his apocalyptic predictions. They’re on point.

READ: This Doritos Commercial With Walter Mercado Is The Most Fabulous Thing You’ll Ever See

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Proof That Our Childhood Costumes Can Be The Inspo We Need For Our 2018 Costumes


Proof That Our Childhood Costumes Can Be The Inspo We Need For Our 2018 Costumes

We’re finally starting to cherish the ’90s like it deserves. We’re also living in an era where we’re all fighting to rip the sheep’s clothing off the wolves, and desperately trying to think of a creative Halloween costume for 2018. The good thing is that we can also reach for the nostalgic feelings to fuel our creativity. Growing up Latino meant going hard at Halloween, and not in the Heidi Klum sense.

Our moms sewed the most raggedy costumes for us, or made the best out of a plastic tablecloth. For every photo of you in a different Halloween costume, there’s one of your older brother or prima wearing it the year before. We’re a village and the costumes we have circulating around the family honestly belong in a museum. Or this very cute listicle.

We all wore a felt Barney costume at some point.

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Your mom just bought a smelly old Barney costume off a drunk Barney impersonator and used the fabric to craft you this. “Pero just rub hydrogen peroxide on anything y se limpia.”

You never felt DIY fly in a bubble of balloons.

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You definitely cherish the #throwback pic nonetheless. It did give you a nice buffer from Nina’s too tight hugs.

If you’re a girl, you 100 percent were dressed as an angel.

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If you’re a boy, you’re a clown, hands down.

P.S. Check that pumpkin with the false lashes.

P.P.S. That is me looking so angelic. ????????‍♀️

You were forced to be a duo with your little hermano.

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He was always pretty happy about it but you felt like a dummy in front of your friends. Plus, Superman didn’t wear a turtleneck under the cape.

I was a flamenca for four years straight and it’s fine.

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I could remember when the dress touched the ground and when it went above my knees. Ask your mom to be something different this year and it’s all, “Mira que es la princesa now. Where’s your prince?” I don’t even know what to say to that.

When you and your brother couldn’t fit into your superhero duo costumes, you graduated to a payaso.

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You were damn proud. I’m hiding because my mom made my Pippy Longstocking costume that year and I was super embarrassed. The boys always get the store-bought costumes. ????

Some of us had moms who swore they were costume designers.

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We were thrilled about it. This is a true payaso right here. He has the tears and everything. Honestly, we were happy to have a costume that really stood out.

Then, there were the “just raid my closet” costumes.

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Yes, she is wearing a polka dotted skirt for a beard and seems very proud. Best part is you can decide what you want to be based on how the costume turns out.

All of us were power rangers at one point.

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You couldn’t see through the masks and those safety hazards are a thing of the past. They were just 100 percent opaque plastic and your mom had to guide you everywhere or else the gig was up.

Cada bébe was a pumpkin.

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If you don’t have a baby photo of you dressed like a pumpkin, you missed out on the greatest cosmic joke of all. We come from the same patch because I wore that same costume the year after my prima.

Mientras, Selena Gomez has crushed Halloween since birth.

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It is so obvious that she was born to be a star. She’s not hiding behind anyone. Plus, remember those extra squishy foam flip flops? Workin it.

And she always had good taste.

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To our credit, these look like her mom didn’t make these costumes. Selena was a vampire before it was cool to be a vampire.

Remember “I Dream of Jeannie”?

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Your dad was really into the show and your mom poked fun at his crush on Barbara Eden. Literally it was a show about a beautiful genie who gets Stockholm syndrome and falls in love and marries her “master.” The ’70s. ????

Whether Selena was Jeannie or just a really cute lil genie, she rocked it.

Sometimes, our moms just painted our face and bought us an animal print sweater.

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I mean, she already had the yellow eyeshadow (it was the ’90s). What else is lip liner for than to give your budding celebrity daughter whiskers?

If you were a princess, you were going to be Belle.

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Your parents approved of her dedication to education and reading. She’s the only one who is buena gente, and if you asked to be her, they were really proud.

You know you’re Latino when you bring an empty food container to collect your candy.

Now we know that our parents were just being practical. Take the container we’re going to store the candy in for the next four winters. Feed two birds with one scone and all that.

At one point, you were a Flinstones character.

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If your mom was really savage, she just used a dried out bone from lechón and put it in your hair. You cannot doubt that this has happened to some Latino child out there.

We also celebrated that one time a Cuban landed a Cuban role via “I Love Lucy.”

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It doesn’t happen very often, but when a 1950’s sitcom actually put Cuban-born Desi Arnez on mainstream television, we’re here for it. Sure, I see some problems with this picture, but, again, it was the 90’s.

Sometimes, we just dressed up like our culture.

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White people and non-Mexicanos, you cannot do this. Literally this is one mami trying to put the clothes your abuelitos gave her to good use because there is no real occasion any more to get this dressed up. We’ve taken on American values. Stretchwear always.

Never forget the plastic poncho costumes.

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It was crazy sweaty under those plastic sheets, but I’m sweating just looking at someone dressed as an indigenous Indian. And now a moment of gratitude that it’s 2018 and we don’t have to put up with any types of sweating anymore.

READ: 20 Couples Costumes Inspired By Celebrities, Takis And Latinos In General

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