Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mysteries of Tepito

Tepito is a neighborhood north of the central zocalo in mexico city. its an important cultural symbol for mexicans, in some aspects comparable to the role the "south bronx" holds in the american imagination. ive been told tepitenos have their own accent. daily, there are massive street markets where, supposedly, one can purchase just about anything, including stolen and pirated wares. known for purse snatchings, shoppers should be able to run fast to catch up with or avoid "rateros". want to know more about tepito? read "the children of sanchez," a classic anthropological study of a family in this neighborhood during the 1950's, by Oscar Lewis.
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