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Museums and Luchadores

Sunday we had a decidedly unusual day. Fans of Jack Black's goofy comedy Nacho Libre will understand that when we learned that the Lucha Libre were in town, we had to make a trip to see them.  However, because the Luchadores didn't get underway until 12:30, we zipped over to Merida's Regional Anthropology and History Museum, where we got a guided tour of this small, but interesting collection.

This figure is a mayan noble wearing a jaguar headress.

 

This is a terra cotta incense burner.

This is a stone ornament showing a serpent, with mouth open, and man emerging from the serpents mouth.

Now as I said, after the trip to the museum we headed out to Merida's Polyforum Izamna to see the Lucha Libre, Mexico's equivalent of the WWF. Unlike the WWF, the show has a heavy dose of slapstick comedy — raucous, ridiculous, and pure fun. Many of the wrestlers where masks, and flamboyant costumes, which just adds to the fun.  The Lucha Libre are very popular in Mexico, and the matches travel from city to city with regularity. 

This is the interior of the Polyforum, showing the number of seats and the layout of the show.  Imagine every seat in the place filled, which was the situation by the time the main bouts were underway.

The Lucha's are a family event, with whole families including very small children coming out to the show after Sunday mass.  The organizers cater to families too, with a wide variety of snack food and noise makers available from the stadium vendors. 

There were five bouts on the card, with each becoming more raucous and crazy as the afternoon wore on. 

There was plenty of throwing…

 … posing …

… flips …

… wedgies …

 

… audience participation …

 

… spins …

 

… lost shorts (a match winning move, it turns out!) …

 

… lady wrestlers, large and small …

… referee distractions (he's the guy in black!) …

… men in drag …

… referee participation! …

… body slams…

… and a bona fide cage match to finish the whole thing off!

After the match, all 8 boys with us each got a genuine Luchadore mask.  Beds and hallways have been used for wrestling matches for the last three days with grea
t regularity. 

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Judson March 21, 2007, 7:46 am

    I feel as if I'm on spring break with all these great pictures. Keep them coming! Nacho! Nacho!

  • Alec March 22, 2007, 3:21 pm

    Glad you enjoyed them! Nacho nacho!!!

  • CRIS December 4, 2008, 9:20 am

    this is cool mexican I sure would like to go there some time

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