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
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. It is a dance of the Conquest, but here there are no enemies.

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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