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Public invited to indigenous rain rituals

Mexico’s current drought affects about 70 percent of the country and is putting a huge strain on water resources for drinking, farming and irrigation.

pg13bMexico’s essentially rural native/indigenous communities are among the most affected by the crisis.

As reservoir levels sink lower and lower and politicians grapple to find solutions to resolve the crisis, these peoples carry out age-old rituals to bring abundant rains.

At a recent press conference at the Los Pinos Cultural Center in Mexico City, representatives from nine indigenous Mexican communities (Mexikan, Náayeri, Wixárika, Rarámui, Kumiai, Mayo, Seri, Guarijío, Pa ipai and Otomí) invited the public to witness some these rituals, and explained the reasoning behind them.

Romualdo García de Luna from Papantla, Veracruz said that the lack of rain is a message from the gods that nature has become sick.

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