Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret, island, corpus christi
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret

Michoacan, a land of mountains and lakes, gave birth to the invincible Purepechan Empire. Until the sixteenth century this empire dominated almost the entire centre of Mexico.
The indigenous villages along the shores of Lake Patzcuaro and in the Meseta (Plateau) Purepecha have preserved some of the traditions and language of the once-powerful empire. Despite the struggles they face with globalization, the Purepechas strive to preserve their identity. It is an identity built on their unique community structure and their manner of celebrating their festivals, born from a process of extraordinary religious syncretism.
The cycle of celebrations regulate the calendar and the annual activities. These ceremonies, passed from one generation to another and repeated annually, transmit the common values of the community. Based on solidarity and responsibility, the rituals create a deep bond of social and cultural unity.
Each dance, reenactment, combat, procession, ritual of giving thanks and cavalcade takes place in the streets, in the church courtyards, on the surrounding paths and hills. The entire area becomes the theatre and backdrop for the collective ritual.
The ornaments are ephemeral and usually made of the local natural elements. Flowers, fruit, plants, animals sometimes, are used in opulence, emphasizing a deep connection with nature, a thanksgiving to the generous Earth and, I guess, the idea of immortality and regeneration.

I hope this work opens a window to reveal one of the world’s most unique indigenous areas and its spiritual depth. I wish the pictures reveal the Purepechas' immense artistic talent, the humor, the vitality, the creativity, the mystery, the solemnity...
Visiting all the pueblos of the Meseta, I found a vibrant and dynamic culture, with its spectacular aesthetic display, its magic realism, its use of symbols, its exaggerations...Everything is shifting, the profane becomes sacred, the simple becomes complex, the mundane becomes symbolic.
The Purepechas, and Mexicans in general, are extremely generous. I hope my work is a way of demonstrating my respect and gratitude to them.

Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
Michoacan, Mexico, rituals, traditions, photography, religion, Purepecha, Patzcuaro, lake Patzcuaro, Florence Leyret
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