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Beyond the BorderlandsMigration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico$
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Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269583

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269583.001.0001

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There and Back Again

There and Back Again

The pilgrimage of return migration

(p.166) Six There and Back Again
Beyond the Borderlands

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

University of California Press

This chapter investigates the spiritual lives of Textitlanecos within the context of return migration. The return of hijos ausentes to the pueblo produces tension and a local challenge to the pueblo's elite citizens. This return is examined as a journey in which Textitlanecos come together through their shared devotion to Esquipulitas, the town's patron. By participating in the annual pilgrimage in honor of Esquipulitas, the pueblo is able to reunite as a single community and find a place for those who return during the fiesta season. Textitlán shows its resilience in its ability to reunite symbolically through the residents' spiritual connection to Esquipulitas. The feria is a distinguishing feature of Mexican social life. A perceived dedication to the image of Esquipulitas can emplace newcomers as well as ausentes.

Keywords:   return migration, Textitlanecos, hijos ausentes, pueblo, Esquipulitas, feria, Mexican social life

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