The ousted Republican Arizona Senator needs a lesson on the piñata since he is concerned about our Russell Pearce piñata event.Sunday, July 29th, 2012
I received an email from the ousted Republican Arizona Senator earlier today with regard to the New York Times piece and the
parallel the Tequila Party made between him and another political candidate who has a domestic violence incident police report on his background. You can read about it here, and we’ve already responded to Bundgaard regarding his concerns.
It seems as if Mr. Bundgaard has gross knowledge with regard to the origin of the piñata.
Apparently he is following our Tequila Party Movement fan page on facebook where we recently posted a photo of a Russell Pearce piñata for another Tequila Party Rally event for children to overcome their fears.
You see….I’m a mom, and I have heard the cries of American children who were born here from undocumented parents. The Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio racial profile stings combined with the hateful climate the ousted Republican Senator Russell Pearce created via SB1070 made for such a palpable hate-filled climate.
We heard horror stories from teachers in the public school system who were reporting children absent as they were afraid to go to school because they feared Arpaio was going to take their mom or dad away and deport them. Children, teens, relatives were developing anxiety and panic attacks from the increased hate against anyone that looked brown.
Are women and mothers supposed to turn a blind eye to little children?
Or, do we teach them to overcome their fears and turn a negative situation into a positive one?
I prefer the latter.
Before I go into some of the history of the pinata, and how we intend to turn a negative situation into a positive one…. first an excerpt from Bundgaard’s email I can share with you:
Thank you for your consideration, DeeDee.
ps – your concern for the issue of violence as stated in your recent blog post about Penzone runs contrary to the Russell Pearce punching bag/piñata that is on your Tequila Party Facebook page.
We’ve informed Bundgaard that Mexican-Americans beat up Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer piñatas too, but that doesn’t mean we advocate violence against them. All we’re doing is filling evil people with candy and helping kids overcome their fears of these hate laws, and the lawmakers who implemented them. We are turning a negative situation into a positive one, with a get out the vote message.
At the beginning of the 16th century the Spanish missionaries to North America used the piñata to attract converts to their ceremonies. However indigenous peoples already had a similar tradition. To celebrate the birthday of the Aztec god of war, Huitzilopochtli, priests placed a clay pot on a pole in the temple at year’s end. Colorful feathers adorned the richly decorated pot, filled with tiny treasures.. When broken with a stick or club, the treasures fell to the feet of the god’s image as an offering. The Mayans, great lovers of sport played a game where the player’s eyes were covered while hitting a clay pot suspended by string. The missionaries ingeniously transformed these games for religious instruction. They covered the traditional pot with colored paper, giving it an extraordinary, perhaps fearful appearance.
The decorated clay pot also called a cantero represents Satan who often wears an attractive mask to attract humanity. The most traditional style piñata looks a bit like Sputnik, with seven points, each with streamers. These cones represent the seven deadly sins, pecados - greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust. Beautiful and bright, the piñata tempted. Candies and fruits inside represented the cantaros (temptations)of wealth and earthly pleasures.
Thus, the piñata reflected three theological virtues in the catequismo. (religious instruction or catechism)
The blindfolded participant represents the leading force in defying evil, ‘Fe’, faith, which must be blind. People gathered near the player and spun him around to confuse his sense of space. Sometimes the turns numbered thirty three in memory of the life of Christ. The voices of others cry out guidance:
¡Más arriba! More upwards!
¡Enfrente! In front!
Some call out engaños (deceits, or false directions) to disorient the hitter.
Secondly the piñata served as a symbol of ‘Esperanza’, Hope.
With the piñata hanging above their heads, people watched towards los cielos (sky or heaven) yearning and waiting for the prize. The stick for breaking the piñata symbolized virtue, as only good can overcome evil. Once broken, the candies and fruits represented the just reward for keeping faith.
Finally the piñata symbolized ‘Caridad’, Charity. With its eventual breaking, everyone shared in the divine blessings and gifts.
The moral of the piñata: all are justified through faith.
Ah yes….the moral of the piñata is that all are justified through blind faith. That is what we are counting on.