Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith

La danza de los Moros es una de las manifestaciones más emblemáticas del pueblo Purépecha. Se promulga en diferentes versiones en todo Michoacán principalmente en el día de celebración del santo patrón de la ciudad. En lugar de ser una simple representación coreográfica, es un acto de reverencia, honor, orgullo, estatus social, renovación de la fe y compromiso con la comunidad.

La danza de los Moros fue introducida por los frailes españoles en el siglo XVI con el propósito de evangelizar con la intención de celebrar el triunfo la Iglesia Catolica sobre los Moros (musulmanes).

Para los Purépechas, el baile representa la asimilación al imperio español. Es un recuerdo de la vieja historia cuando ellos, como los Moros, se convirtieron y adoptaron al dios cristiano y se convirtieron en el ejército cristiano.

Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith

The dance of the Moors is one of the most emblematic manifestations of the Purepecha People. It is enacted in different versions all over Michoacan on important occasions primarily on the celebration day of the patron-saint of the town. Rather than being a simple choreographic representation, it is an act of reverence, honour, pride, social status, renewal of faith and commitment to the community.

The dance of the Moors was introduced by the Spanish friars in the 16th century for purpose of evangelisation with the intent to celebrate the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies, the Moors (Muslims).

For the Purepechas, the dance represents the assimilation to the Spanish empire. It is a recalling of the old history when they, as the Moors, converted and adopted the Christian god and became themselves the Christian army.

Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
Moors, Maures, Moros, tradition, horses, dance, ritual, Purepechas, Michoacan, Mexico, dance of the conquest, Florence Leyret, Christian, Muslim, Catholicism, faith
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