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  • The heart of temazcal is entry into a dark chamber filled with steam and select aromatic plants and herbs, and being carefully guided through ritual stages by one who has learned function, effect and procedure through years of training.

    Temazcal In Oaxaca

  • In addition to holistic therapy massage, Swedish massage, quiro (Spanish) massage and detoxifying your lymphatic system through the use of muscular relaxation techniques, Doña Urraca Spa also specializes in temazcal, a tradition from pre-Hispanic Mexico.

    Queretaro: cultural mecca with colonial charm

  • I try to think about friends who see the temazcal as a major element of their spiritual life, people I know who participate in them from Tijuana to Oakland and beyond.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • Friends in California tell me about their devotion to the temazcal bath.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • The leader of the temazcal then calls for our attention and tells everyone gathered, glistening with moisture, shivering now that the flaps are open, that if anyone wishes to leave the temazcal, now is the opportunity to do so.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • The temazcal is like a hut, made on the spot by the people who will participate in it.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • People are entering the tarp-covered hut, one by one, asking for permission as I had seen them do at the temazcal at the cactus grove near the pyramids.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • Something about the temazcal being ruined if you enter or exit the wrong way, about the flow of the energies inside being disrupted.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • The temazcal is part of a curious resurgence or reclamation of pre-Hispanic cultural practices that operates awkwardly in the context of the social stratification, urbanization, and globalization that defines everyday life for many Mexicans, and certainly most of those who live in the capital.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • On the ride to Neza, the biggest suburb bordering the D.F., El Chiva, a little more neo-indigenist than his brother, is telling me about the temazcal.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City


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    October 2, 2010