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Foreign cultures when compared to our own often contain significant themes that make the culture interesting and meaningful The people and history of Mexico present such a culture Three major themes of Mexico and the Mexican people include duality fatalism and masks These three issues are prevalent throughout the culture and history of the nation They are represented and mentioned in two descriptive texts and a film The two texts include Ridings essay The Mexicans and a chapter of Octavio Pazs book The Labyrinth of Solitude entitled Mexican Masks The film was presented by the National Geographic Society as an overview of Mexican culture entitled The Mexicans Through Their Eyes All three representations of Mexican culture describe or exemplify one of the three themes mentioned and each source illustrates how the themes are incorporated into Mexican history and life The notion of duality is widespread in descriptions of the culture It seems everything pertaining to Mexicans or their way of thinking has both a light side and a dark side every notion has opposing facets As this concept may be difficult to relate to American culture similarly the Mexican notion of death and fatalism is quite different from our own In North America there is a fear of death and subsequent struggle for longevity In the United States people want to feel young and live a good life before beginning their afterlife The Mexicans have quite a different notion derived from indigenous cultures Age is respected and death is celebrated as Mexicans believe that life is a continuous journey in which life on earth plays a small part Perhaps the most prevalent Mexican theme may be the notion of masks This notion is contained everywhere in the culture in the way people act and in the language These three themes represent a wide range of the Mexican culture and its various aspects The concept of duality is quite intriguing as it is
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