Jarabe Tapatío VM#13

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Better known internationally as the “The Mexican Hat Dance”, the “Jarabe Tapatío” is a popular Mexican dance that has come to symbolize Mexico both domestically and internationally. The dance represents the courtship of a man and a woman, with the woman first rejecting the man’s advances, then eventually accepting them. It has a definite sexual component in metaphor, which was the original reason for disapproval by authorities. As the dance has lost its controversial status and gained status as a representative of Mexico, the dancers have come to wear garb that is also highly representative of Mexican women and men. The word jarabe is likely from the Arab word xarab which means “herb mixture”. Tapatío is the nickname given the people of Guadalajara. The jarabe tapatío shares its name with a number of dances from the center and south of Mexico, including the jarabe de Jalisco, the jarabe de atole and the jarabe moreliano, but the tapatío version is by far the best known. The jarabe remained in vogue in Mexico until about 1930, especially in Mexico City. It remains taught in nearly every grade school in Mexico.

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