Me: initiation ceremonies
- Marion's mom.
I checked Sahagun and found that they are not yanking the ears
but instead they are piercing the ears of both boys and girls as
initiation for the process of "growing up". For when they were
old enought to wear ear plugs (boys) or earrings (girls). There
was a big festival for the event in the household.
This would make sense for the cactus and maguey also. Scratching
the surface to make it ooze meant it was time for harvesting the
syrupy substance and when collected, the plants grew better.
D. M. Urquidi
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