Los Pastores, (The Shepherds), is a shepherd’s play having to do with the epiphany of the Christ child, arises from a tradition reaching back to the Middle Ages. The Pastores tradition is oral, either created or creatively adapted by the Franciscans in Mexico, and performed at Mission San Jose in San Antonio and elsewhere in the Southwest between Christmas and New Year’s.
In addition to the exploration of these two plays, this folklore miscellany contains essays on the decoration of graves in Central Texas with sea shells; camp meetings with vigorous preaching and religious seizures; Black Easter—April 14, 1935—during the Dust Bowl, when the people of the Texas Panhandle watched a rolling black cloudbank bearing down on them; Semaña Santa (Holy Week) in Seville, Spain; marriage customs in Thessaly and Macedonia; the Johannesburg mine dances, and much more.
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Published by University of North Texas Press