Syncretism is defined as the reconciliation of distinct beliefs and schools of thought.
The work is embodied with the collective meaning of all the other other works that surround it in Mestizaje. It is titled “Sincretismo,” or syncretism, because the most substantial cultural combination and fusion during the time of the Spanish conquest was mediated via religion. The work incorporates some of the most significant symbols of Christianity: Principally, a crucifix with a crown of thorns with roots projecting over a pre-Hispanic temple, representing the imposition of the new religion on the people of Mesoamerica. The elements such as the sun, wind, mountains, water, nature, or the plumed serpent that circles the cross, all are objects of veneration in native communities; all were reconciled with the cultural customs of the Spanish.
In some indigenous communities in Mexico, native rites, dances, and times of veneration for natural phenomena are still conserved, all perfectly timed with the celebration of Christian traditions.
- Oil paints
- Woven palm mat substrate
- Tin plate
- Brass plate
- Height: 115 cm
- Width: 75 cm
- Depth: 12 cm
- Painting José Luis García Cruz
- Wood carving: Isaías Jiménez Hernández
- Hammered tin: Tirso Cuevas