Mexican Kaleidoscope: Myths, Mysteries and Mystique

By Carol Wheeler for Go Mexico Way

For those new to Mexico, the culture, history and customs are filled with surprises. But even old-timers will be charmed by Mexican Kaleidoscope: myths, mysteries and mystique.

Thirty brief and very readable chapters explore and explain little-known people, facts, legends and origins in a book by former Lakeside resident, Tony Burton.

He shares the insight of a lifetime of research and many years of experience in a collection of colorful vignettes. "Expect the unexpected," he says.

 Who was the cross-dressing maid who captivated Mexico City's high society in the 1920s?

Who was the cross-dressing maid who captivated Mexico City's high society in the 1920s?

For example, did you know the Aztecs practiced sustainable farming? Or that they played a ball game with rubber balls? Which Maya pyramid shows Roman symbols? And where is the oldest winery in the Americas?

 Who was the Hero of Nacozari?

Who was the Hero of Nacozari?

Can you imagine that one of Jules Verne's first published stories was set in Mexico? Or why cats in Mexico have only seven lives? Who was the cross-dressing maid who captivated Mexico City's high society in the 1920s?

Who was the Hero of Nacozari? Why was he a hero? And how can you foretell an entire year's weather by January 31?

There's much, much more to discover.

 Rain clouds over a Mexican town

Rain clouds over a Mexican town

With an extensive bibliography, this delightful book is generously illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Ajjic artist Enrique Velazquez. Whether you jump from chapter to chapter or read it in a single sitting, it's hard to put down.

In the Lake Chapala area, it can be purchased at La Nueva Posada and Diane Pearl Gallery. Both the eBook and print version are available at Amazon.com.

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