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[VIDEO] Meet the Only Indigenous Mexican Tribe to Convert to Islam

In the outskirts of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, an indigenous Mexican tribe is living a life based on the Islamic faith.

According to a new mini-doc by Vice, the Tzotzil Indians are the only indigenous Mexican tribe to convert to Islam.

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Ibrahim Chechev, above, is the community’s Imam – their worship leader. “The fact that Islam arrived to this remote and isolated location, socially and demographically, is a true privilege,” said Chechev to VICE. “This community is aware of and practices Islam.”

That’s right. A large indigenous community in Mexico converted to Islam.

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All told, there are 700 Tzotzil Indians living and practicing the Islamic faith.

How did Islam come to such a secluded part of the world? Aureliano Pérez, a Spaniard, brought the religion with him in the mid-90s.

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Pérez intended to bring Islam to the Zapatistas in Chiapas, but Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos declined Pérez’s attempts to convert the militant group. Pérez then took the issue to church leaders and other members of the community in San Cristobal de las Casas. Eventually, Islam became a part of life for hundreds of Tzotzil tribe members.

Chechev was there during one of the first meetings and helped make Islam what it is today for the Tzotzil tribe.

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As the importance of Islam has grown, members of the Tzotzil tribe are working together to build their very own mosque.

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Architect Percy Moranchel says the creation of the mosque has not faced any opposition from neighbors or others living in the community. Instead, Moranchel says the people are driven by the desire to help those who are choosing the right path, which he says is in line with the Islamic faith.

According to Google Maps, here is where they currently hold their worship, Masjid Medinah.

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The religious group used to meet in Chechev’s home for prayers and major religious holidays like Ramadan.

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The tribe has figured out how to respect their new religion while sticking to Mexican traditions. Here they are eating chicken tacos during their Ramadan fast break.

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No carnitas allowed.

Check out the full video below to learn more about Mexican Muslims:

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Here’s Your Reminder Of The Caesar Salad’s Mexican Roots

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Here’s Your Reminder Of The Caesar Salad’s Mexican Roots

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Those who don’t know any better give Mexican food a bad rap for being cheap and greasy. However, the Mexican culinary world expands far past Taco Bell and Taco Cabana. Authentic Mexican food is fresh, bold, delicious and versatile.

In fact, Mexico is responsible for one of the biggest fine dining staples there is.

Mexico is, in fact, the birthplace of the creamy and crisp Caesar salad.

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As the story goes, the Caesar salad was created in Tijuana, Mexico by an Italian restaurateur named Caesar Cardini. It was 1924 when Cardini established his restaurant in the tourist destination to cater to American guests escaping prohibition. While no one really knows the true story, most agree the salad was created over 4th of July holiday weekend.

Supposedly, the dish was completely improvised. Cardini is said to have thrown together several ingredients he had at his disposal and it created the fresh, delicious gourmet salad.

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According to What’s Cooking America, the original recipe used a base of romain lettuce leafs. Additionally, garlic, parmesan cheese, croutons, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce were added.

Rumor has it that it was Cardini’s brother, Alex, that added anchovies in 1926. He named his remix the “Aviator’s Salad.” Still, this anchovy-filled dish was so popular that it became known as the official Caesar salad.

Parts of this story is hard to prove, but it comes with a famous witness to offer some legitimacy to it.

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The famous English chef, Julia Child, shared her first encounter with the iconic salad. In her book, “From Julia Child’s Kitchen,” the chef recounted her experience in a Tijuana restaurant. She wrote:

“My parents, of course, ordered the salad. Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl, and I wish I could say I remembered his every move, but I don’t. They only thing I see again clearly is the eggs. I can see him break 2 eggs over that romaine and roll them in, the greens going all creamy as the eggs flowed over them. Two eggs in a salad? Two one-minute coddled eggs? And garlic-flavored croutons, and grated Parmesan cheese? It was a sensation of a salad from coast to coast, and there were even rumblings of its success in Europe.”

It’s popularity in Europe cause people to mistakenly think the Caesar salad is Italian.

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However, the dish is 100% authentically Mexican cuisine. To recognize the delectable salad, in 1953, it was declared “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years” by the International Society of Epicure. We wouldn’t expect anything less from this Mexican classic.

Walmart Launches 24-Hour Delivery Service In Mexico, You Can Literally Text What You Want To Their WhatsApp Number

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Walmart Launches 24-Hour Delivery Service In Mexico, You Can Literally Text What You Want To Their WhatsApp Number

You may not give WhatsApp a second glance in the App Store, but in other countries, it’s the messaging app of choice.

It’s so big in Mexico, for instance, that Walmart Mexico is now accepting grocery delivery orders for its Superama supermarkets sent via the messaging app.

Walmart and WhatsApp team up to bring 24-hour home delivery to the masses.

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WhatsApp, the free text-messaging service owned by social media platform Facebook, is ubiquitous throughout Mexico. Superama shoppers can text an order to a WhatsApp number run by Walmart.

According to Walmart, customers can send their orders through WhatsApp to a number owned by Walmart – they don’t even have to type their list out. Many people have already tested the service and apparently, you can send the number a photo of a handwritten list and got a response from a representative immediately.

Yup, you can literally text the WhatsApp number a photo of your handwritten list.

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Superama is charging about $2.55 for delivery within 90 minutes or $2 for orders with longer turnaround times. It also accepts payment in cash or card on delivery.

The Walmart-owned grocery chain, which makes up 92 of the retail giant’s 2,459 stores in Mexico, already takes orders through its website and app.

Clearly, though, it’s hoping that WhatsApp’s ubiquitous presence in the country will encourage more potential customers to give grocery delivery a shot.

And apparently, the representatives at the other end of that WhatsApp conversation are super helpful.

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Like who doesn’t want a response from Walmart full of emojis and helpful suggestions on buying the best of the best?! Everyone, that’s who!

Walmart already offers delivery through its own app, online, and via CornerShop.

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But many are excited for the whole new market that this opens up and the novel use of an app that millions of people already use on a daily basis.

You could literally switch between a conversation with you tia about your novio and then chat with a representative at Walmart about which type of cereal you want delivered to your door.

Reactions across Twitter have been overwhelmingly positive.

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Many pointed out that people don’t have the smartphones required to run complicated apps – WhatsApp is a simple messaging service – meaning that mobile delivery service could be available to a wider audience.

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