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Wu Ting
How would you explain this phrase? These murals say Mexico is an ancient thing that will still go on forever, telling its own story in slabs of color, leaves and fruits and proud naked Indians in a history without shame. Their great city of Tenochtitlan is still here beneath our shoes, and history was always just like today, full of markets and wanting. How would you explain the this phrase: in a history without shame? Does it mean Mexico tells its own story in a history without shame, OR does it mean the ‘naked Indians’ didn’t feel shameful in a history? Thanks!
17 Th02 2014 10:55
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This is an excerpt from Barbara Kingsolver's novel "The Lacuna." As it was written in the 1950s, I think that the writer is referring to an artist's depiction of the naked Aztec women, the First Peoples of what is now Mexico. The writer was a Mexican national, raised in the USA, and is writing in a more conservative time than today.
17 tháng 2 năm 2014
Your first guess is the better explanation. The images tell the story without shame. Later historians tell of blood sacrifice that others may regard as shameful. The lack of clothing is a small matter.
17 tháng 2 năm 2014
Wu Ting
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