National Geographic : 1937 Mar
Photograph by Ralph E.Gray WHITE-GARBED INDIANS WATCH MEN IN COLORFUL CLOAKS AND PLUMED HATS ENACT "THE BATTLE OF THE MOORS AND CHRISTIANS" Part dance, part play, the ceremony symbolizes the struggle between good and evil. It was introduced into Mexico by theRoman Catholic Church toreplace pagan dances. A character representing Santiago (St. James) leads the Christians; Pontius Pilate heads the Moors. Here the "battle" precedes the flying pole dance atPapantla.