Ch. 6 Tlilli, Tlapalli

This chapter is a meta cognitive exercise on the writer and her craft via ethnopoetics and performance of the Shaman

This practice does not split artistic/functional, sacred/secular, art/everyday. Religious social and aesthetic purposes of art are all intertwined. The writer, as shape-changer, is a nahual, a shaman.

Anzaldua calls ethnocentrism the tyranny of western aesthetics. There art is removed from its context, sanitized, anointed in the silent halls of the museum where it is guarded and reserved for the upper class. Conversely, art in a non-western context is witnessed, participatory, transformative, and in some senses transfigured. It is treated as living–more like a person than an object. Aztecs, through metaphor and symbol (by poetry and truth) communicate with the divine.

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