Sir Edward Burnett Tylorwas an English anthropologist, the founder of cultural anthropology...
The journey and excursions in Mexico which have originated the narrative and remarks contained in this volume were made in the months of March, April, May, and June of 1856, for the most part on horseback.
At sunset we are rattling through the streets of the little town of Cordova.
We are at last on the high lands of Mexico, the districts which at least three different races have chosen to settle in, neglecting the fertile country below.
If you are a married man resident in Cuba, you cannot get a passport to go to the next town without your wife's permission in writing.
One step outside the gate, and we are among the sand-hills that stretch for miles and miles round Vera Cruz.
Everything that is really Mexican is either Aztec or Spanish.
Even if severe wounds are given, the Indian has many chances in his favor, for his organization is somewhat different from that of white men, and he recovers easily from wounds that would kill any European outright.
Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, and, as Cortes truly said, its situation is marvellous.
There are even many huts built entirely of the universal aloe.
There was no romance about the mosquitos, however.
Coughs seem very common here, especially among the children, though people look strong and healthy, but in the absence of proper statistics one cannot undertake to say whether the district is a healthy one or not.
During the Tertiary period the whole valley of Mexico was one great lake.
Every one knows how the snow lies in the valleys of the Alps, forming a plain which slopes gradually downward towards the outlet Imagine such a valley ten miles across, with just such a sloping plain, not of snow but of earth.
The habit of building houses upon piles, which was first forced upon the people by the position they had chosen, was afterwards followed as a matter of taste, just as it is in Holland.
I am afraid the Spanish American has not always a very strict regard for truth.
The interior of Mexico consists of a mass of volcanic rocks, thrust up to a great height above the sea-level.
Whenever anything disagreeable is happening in the country, Vera Cruz is sure to get its full share.
Aching all over, we reached level ground again, and Mr. Christy withdrew his claims, and agreed that no road anywhere else could possibly be so bad as a Mexican road; a decision which later experiences only served to confirm.
We were very kindly received by the English merchants to whom my companion had letters, and we set ourselves to learn what was the real state of things in Mexico.
When we had been a week or two in the city of Mexico, we decided upon making an excursion to the great silver mining district of the Real del Monte.
The plateau of Mexico is 8,000 feet high, and that of Puebla 9,000 feet.
If you look at the arms of the Mexican Republic, on a passport or a silver dollar, you will see a representation of a rock surrounded by water.
The Indian fig trees sent down from every branch suckers, like smooth strings, which rooted themselves in the ground to draw up more water.
The Cathedral, for instance, is really a very grand building when seen from a little distance, with its two high towers and its cupola behind.
Animism characterizes tribes very low in the scale of humanity, and thence ascends, deeply modified in its transmission, but from first to last preserving an unbroken continuity, into the midst of high modern culture.
Culture or civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society