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Traverser sur un fil

Abstract : The maroma (a thick rope used by sailors) is the name that has been given to a form of spectacular ritual celebration practiced by groups of indigenous or mestizo artist/ peasants from rural areas of southern Mexico. The “shows” which involve acrobats, rope dancers, clowns, trapeze artists and musicians occur as part of communal celebrations. Recently maromeros collectives have been caught up in a dual process which renders them at the same time ever more heritage and circus like. This latter process is caused by the self-definition of maromeros collectives who present themselves as members of “indigenous circuses” as well as by the claim of classical circuses to being part of the tradition. The paper examines these processes and the aesthetic, social and cultural transformations which the processes bring about at the local level.
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Charlotte Pescayre. Traverser sur un fil. Terrain : revue d'ethnologie de l'Europe, Ministère de la culture, Sous-direction ARCHETIS-DAPA, 2015, pp.3--15. ⟨10.4000/terrain.15731⟩. ⟨hal-01564354⟩

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