Translated (by Google) from http://www.lajornadamorelos.com/opinion/articulos/67425?task=view
CUERNAVACA. Heir to a Mesoamerican tradition, the cuezcomate is more than just a building to store and preserve the grain of corn, but combines a comprehensive world view of the universe and is part of traditional knowledge and ritual of the ancient Mexicans. From this perspective, Oscar Alpuche offers several reflections in his book The cuezcomate of Morelos. Symbolism of a traditional barn, the collection edited by Ediciones Minimum Autonomous University of Morelos (UAEM) and presented last Thursday at the Board Manuel M. Ponce Borda Garden, with comments from researchers Rafael Monroy, Maria Cristina Saldaña and Alicia Puente Luteroth.
In his speech, biologist Rafael Monroy said that "when the State rests with the drug and is in the hands of barbarism, the increased level of risk is on capital lies the roots of Mesoamerica. So I think that when a work synthesizes a comprehensive and global three axes: theory, praxis and the cosmos, and lands in their analysis as the basis for the explanation of the patrimonial, have a work to be at least be read by all those who do field work."
By understanding this patrimonial, said, "the risk by the market and capitalist barbarism PAN is essential, and certainly not only market risk but the risk of building materials. The unbridled urban development project of the current government is fragmenting the ecosystems that give rise to Montezuma pine, grass and all the species that give rise to cuezcomate. It is being attacked on all sides by urban policy only irrational market economic policy and a clear abandonment of the countryside policies. In this crisis that is generated, it seems that when a thought as deep as Oscar posed Alpuche is invaluable to scholars of this axis worldview-traditional knowledge."
For its part, Maria Cristina Saldaña that the author focused his interest "in making a thorough study of the traditional barn called cuezcomate of permanence and alteration of a specific knowledge about their development and their conservation." According to the researcher, one of the contributions of the work is to show "that even though it is a disused building, damaged and abandoned in some places, in others, as in Morelos peoples and Chalcatzingo Xoxocotla, has gained significant importance and cultural revaluation of identity assertion, because despite the decrease in cultivation of maize, this food represents home, family reproduction, history, myth and permanent reality."
The author also discusses factors in the construction of cuezcomate such as the cognitive and educational, "whose function is the transmission of traditional knowledge, the same as integrating the environmental factor, soil materials, which represent an efficient use of natural resources environment" he added. The cuezcomate he continued, is the container "essential" of maize in Mesoamerica, "has an aesthetic purpose, but is considered an expression of Mexican art, as in their design are considered the directions of the universe, it has a very personal mythical existence mediated by the symbolic."
In turn, Alicia Puente cuezcomate established that, "defined as a symbol, a concrete object, a cultural property, livelihoods and basic content of one of the preferred values of cultural heritage in our region, we can imagine a world closer geographically distant facilitating thus introduced to the sense of what it means and symbolizes this object of art and life. " The work of Alpuce considered, is an approach to the rituals and the relationship with the cosmos, but also makes "an invitation to enjoy an analytical approach that allows you to manage not only a dynamic, dialectical but cuezcomate wear and current also the significance of resurgent stimulating us today."
In turn, the author recognized the value of the knowledge of teachers cuezcomateros, "whose efficiency goes beyond simple storage of corn, but it was all a ritual, I realized that teachers had built themselves a Mesoamerican was developed daily, and had not been able to fathom. The study was not aimed at cuezcomate exclusively, but look at the work of the artisans, both at the level of organization and marketing of their craft. The information we were helping and contributing to see this cuezcomate otherwise, while being able to gain the trust of colleagues to learn these secrets they use every day."
Not that I do not want to disclose, he added, "but see them as part of everyday life. It is difficult to say: 'I am the bearer of a Mesoamerican knowledge. " Of course they do not say, precisely because such knowledge has been denied, that knowledge excluded from them, which we have not valued at universities and research centers. This knowledge is so rich as scientific."
Oscar Alpuche also spoke to reclaim this knowledge and make it known. "They are inheritors of a Mesoamerican tradition. Thanks to this cuezcomate must be sustained, we must think of a strategy for the conservation of this knowledge and cultural heritage must be preserved material cuezcomate, but also the knowledge of teachers cuezcomateros." Finally, asked to form a strategy that cuezcomate eligible for entry in the list of Cultural Heritage of Mankind, prepared by UNESCO.