Oaxaca (Wah-ha-kah) separated from the rest of Mexico by the rugged and spectacular mountains has pursued its own destiny. The region located at the meeting point of three central valleys, is the home of large indigenous communities who have thrived to carry forward their traditions of fine handicrafts, arts, food, dress and unique lifestyle. The pre-Hispanic towns set a the dramatic backcountry and enjoys plenty of rain and sunshine.
Here religious practices, dance and music have always been essential for fulfillment of life. Guelaguetza, an annual feast of celebration and regional culture, is an event which the local communities look forward to display their finest costumed dances. The youth and children taking the lead roles, the ancient rites in honor of maize and wind gods are certain to continue in full dignity and sincerity.
This book is dedicated to the youth of Oaxaca, who have retained their tradition and culture, despite the economic and social influence of their neighboring countries.
Smaran Choudhury is an amateur photographer. He travels to destinations around the world to take pictures of vibrant culture and colorful lifestyle. Having started with Nikon F5 Camera using Kodak & Fuji transparencies, Nikon D2X and D3 are later additions to his equipment. Apple and Adobe are his choice in the digital darkroom. His other books are : * Kalaw : A Burmese Enigma * Ubud : Hindu Cremation * Oaxaca : Valley Of Gods * Siena : Hidden Beauties * Negara : Racing Bulls Of Mekepung * San Miguel : The Last Bastion * Dakha : Faces Of Bengal * Paro : Tsechu Festival