Corn (Maize) The Staff of Life for 10,000 years.

Lupita Doll Maize - Corn Cart

 

If you see the Lupita dolls holding a basket of Corn (Maize) it's not just a basket of Corn-on-the-Cob, it represents Life itself.

For Mexicans, maize is not a crop but a deep cultural symbol intrinsic to daily life. Corn was domesticated from a grass called teocintle by the peoples of Meso-America approximately 10,000 years ago. Often referred to as humanity’s greatest agronomic achievement, maize is now grown all over the world. The yellow corn commonly found in the United States pales in comparison to the shapes, sizes, and colors of the traditional maize varieties cultivated by the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The ears of corn may range from a couple of inches to a foot long, in colors that include white, red, yellow, blue, and black. Some varieties even have an assortment of colors on one ear.

Maize Multi-colorWoman Holding Maize

Corn is inextricably tied to the quotidian lives of the peasants and indigenous peoples of Mexico. As the basic grain, it shapes daily meals, and it’s growing cycle influences the timing of festivals. The image and shape of maize is a ubiquitous component of architecture and crafts. Spiritually, physically, and economically, corn sustains indigenous peoples. In the words of one Indian woman, “Corn is so important because it allows us to live at peace. It’s our form of food security.” Corn is linked to survival: During rough economic times or in the face of natural disasters, families will produce more maize to feed themselves. A Tzotzil Maya elder recounts, “During the past five centuries, while our people have withstood suffering—enormous sufferings—our corn has allowed us to survive.”

Tacos of Corn TortillasElote Roasted Corn on the Cob

Food stuff is found in Tortillas, Menudo & Posole soups, Tomales, Elote en Vaso (Mexican Corn in a Cup), of course Roasted Corn on the Cob, Croquettes and Masa (corn Flour), as well as the Aztec Delicacy, cuitlacoche (pronounced QUEET-la-coh-chay), Corn Smut.

Yellow Maize Corn Necklace & Ear Rings