The Colonial Church

Still, our Mexica people can neither see nor speak. How are we to explain this? We must once again return to the scene of the crime. This time, we’re not looking for who did it, as we already know that it was the colonizers. Now we are looking for how they did it. Maybe we can identify what changes our people underwent at the hands of the colonizer that could explain how we lost our identity, our worldview, and our way of life? There is only one real way to solve this mystery. We must at the very least postulate that the criminal colonizer had an accomplice. Here enters into full view the role of the Christian church. While it would be fair to say that the church had its own agenda, it would also be fair to say that in order to accomplish their agenda, they needed to appease the governing structure of the colonizer.

Under the direction of the governing structure, the church was tasked with bringing annual celebrations and festivities by the indigenous natives into sync with the celebrations of the church. While it appeared reasonable and even pragmatic, it was in fact the very act of murder. We the Mexica descendants of indigenous indio ancestor have been born culturally sterile and our children are no longer able to feel their connection with their forefathers as it has been the custom of our people for thousands of years. In spite of the fact that this brief and objective description speaks volumes regarding our Mexica people in today’s society, it says nothing that would help us understand how exactly everything was taken away from us.

So far we are aware of who it is that is responsible for the murder of our people and our culture, the colonizers. We are also aware of how the murder was accomplished by their accomplice, the more than willing catholic church. It now remains for us to identify the murder weapon. To help us understand the actual changes in our indigenous reality that brought about the death of our culture and our way of life, it will be necessary for us to entertain a fourth dimension to reality with which are ancestors were in constant contact. The background of our considerations is the realm of time.

In a modernist-capitalist society, time is used as the structure against which we can measure labor, monetary worth or value, the life and death cycle and ever other aspect of our society and our lives. It is also against this notion of time that we are able to properly understand the ideology of individualism and the rejection of the concept of a soul. This is in keeping with the ideology of Modernism. The Gregorian calendar named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582, is based on agreement with religious Christian holidays and spaces leap years to render a 365 day calendar, differs from the calendaring systems used by the Mexica. To begin with, the Gregorian calendar is singular in purpose. it is a tool of measurement intended to serve the needs of civil society.