These are just a few trajes. There’s so many different ones. This is not completely representative like at all. cuz just off the bat there’s these and these. I wish I could find better like stuff about trajes. I’m super into learning about how dress varies not just from departamento but by town etc but idk google isn’t much help. x
Regarding the trajes linked to, I always thought they looked oddly Mexican. Like I have this theory, that since Salvadorans don’t preserve their own culture and consume everybody else’s, these trajes were recently considered “trajes tipicos” in El Salvador (like in the 90s) because some Salvadoran fool was in the USA and saw it at a Mexican piñatería or something, and said “hey, we should have those. We don’t have those in El Salvador” and then they just ordered the same style dresses but in different colors, and then sold them as “trajes tipicos” to their compatriots in whatever Salvadoran store in LA or Houston, and bc the Salvadorans buying them didn’t know any better, they thought they were being cute and “representing” but they really weren’t.
Just a theory.
That “theory” or, you know, the reason they look similar is because the past of Mexico and El Salvador is closely related…
People have been wearing these traditional costumes way before the 1990s, way before the war. Go visit some schools in El Salvador and you will at least see some effort in preserving these traditions. We may not be dressed in those outfits for our day to day lives, but that doesn’t mean we all have forgotten our traditions.
On a different note, it’s not that we chose not to preserve our traditions and culture. We were forced to let them go (e.g. Spanish colonization, 1932 peasant massacre, etc.)
- Native mexicans have been in El Salvador for a while. I know that. One of the reasons nahuat was widely spoken in El Salvador was because when the Spanish came, they brought some Nahua Mexicans with them, and those mexicanos ended up settling north of San Salvador… which is why the large suburb north of San Salvador is called Mejicanos. So they brought more of their language… and that’s it.
- where do you live? I dont have the will in me to go through your blog to figure out where you live. your understanding of Salvadoran history is based on where you live and what materials you used. If you were raised outside of El Salvador, and just started learning about Salvadoran traditions, this conversation is over.
- Schools in El Salvador are run by the ministry of education which is run by incompetent people that are agents of cultural erasure. So that these dresses are worn by school children during cultural celebrations can be equally indicative of preservation of native culture or preservation of what they think is native culture.
- Salvadoran culture has been colonized, modified, erased, and shat on for centuries, but Salvadorans need to be held accountable to a degree for the preservation of such. We’re in the age of information. Salvadorans can go cyber cafes and read up on their history instead of watching porn, printing images of the FC Barça logo, or downloading the latest microbusero reggaeton mix. To what extent will all of El Salvador’s problems be blamed on Spain, The United States, or Max Hdz Mtz?
- This conversation is based on european created ideas of political borders. I’m talking about the the pipiles, lencas, and chortis people that lived within the political borders of what we now call El Salvador. The dresses in those graphs are authentic to those regions and people, so they are “Salvadoran”. There’s a reason the dresses in the links don’t appear there, and that’s because they’re not native to El Salvador.
- Your blog is called ‘Third World Country’. That’s the worst possible way to describe El Salvador.
- I said our pasts are closely related. It is no surprise that our cultures would share some similarities. It’s not a question of Mexicans physically being in El Salvador or not.
- Born and raised in El Salvador.
- Yes, of course, the Ministry of Education is run by incompetent people. We can say that about any branch of the government. However, the quality of education was not in discussion here. That’s another subject, way too broad to be discussed here under a few lines. What was said is that there is some effort in trying to preserve our traditions, whether they are 100% authentic or not. The last line, about the perception of culture, can be applied to anything in your life, so I won’t even bother with that one.
- Do you really think that culture and traditions are so static? (I guess I am kind of bothering with that one) I mean, I’m not saying I enjoy what’s in the radios of the common man in our country, but just as you said, we are in the age of information. Cultures are constantly developing, and it’s even easier now to be influenced by foreign ones. Whether some of us think that influence is stupid and hurts our intellect is a completely different thing… 4.1 To what extent will we blame it on the past? To the extent that it continues to be true. Just like you want to preserve traditions, you have to remember the history around them. Imagine how different it would be if, for example, our fathers, in the broad sense of the word, hadn’t been taught to think that being indigenous is “bad”. Now, beware that I’m not saying we are not at fault today for continuing with these perceptions, but unlearning hundreds of years of ideas isn’t done from one day to the other either.
- On regards to the links themselves, I don’t question your judgement of why they’re not in the graphic. However, you escalated that to a whole different level. Hence the comment. Being influenced by, or even “copying”, other cultures is not limited to Salvadorians. Some might even call it a culture on its own. ;)
- The blog is called “Third World Country” precisely because of that. It’s (or was when I was more active with it) about showing El Salvador in a different, hopefully more positive way, through my eyes and what other Salvadorians may consider important as individuals. Not just what they show in the mass media (insecurity, laughable political system, etc.), particularly worldwide.
I’m just going to say that China has preserved its culture for 5,000 years, but El Salvador can’t go a decade without mutating.
Surely those rich Chinese buying European cars and hoarding Leicas are just preserving their culture. Listening to Chinese hip hop while driving down the street filled with Hollywoodesque billboards. Copying entire European towns, building the largest malls in the world. Isn’t their specialty counterfeiting nowadays anyway? Yup, that’s preserving culture at its finest. No mutation at all. Great example! How did I not see this before?