Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Fate of Heroes and more Surrealism

One of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution of 1810 was Ignacio Allende.  He was a native son of San Miguel and so is commemorated in many places in the city.  He fought with Miguel Hildago but had differences with the father of the revolution about military tactics.  Allende was a skilled soldier so Hildago should have listened to him.  Ultimately, Allende was betrayed and then captured and executed.   The Spaniards were aghast at the insurrection so they beheaded Hildago (and three other conspirators - Allende, Aldama and Jimmenez) and then put their heads on the corners of the Aldondiga in Guanajuato.  One of our side trips while we are here will be to see Guanajuato and the Aldondiga.  I first went there when Vicente Fox hosted a dinner there for a group of academics (while he was Governor of Guanajuato).  Allende is memorialized in the statue in the picture.  But evidently, like all these kinds of memorials the pigeons seem to care about the hero of the revolution than the citizens.

Another highlight of the morning was a visit to the town library.  The library is supposed to be a unique community resource.   One of the rooms is being restored with a vibrantly colored mural.  We went in to see the muralist at work.  Blaring from a boom box was Mozart's Requiem.   The German painter said it gave him inspiration.   Works for me.

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