Mixing Indigenous Customs Into the Catholic Faith
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This web site tells the stories on what we do in today’s San Miguel de Allende (SMA). It is a primer for SMA’s more unique traditions and celebrations that are an extraordinary mixture of an ancestral pagan past and the Catholic faith.

San Miguel lies on the northern frontier of Mesoamerican civilization containing the regional Chichimeca tribe of nomadic hunters and gatherers. San Miguel’s original name was San Miguel de Chichimecas and their impact is still felt in today’s Catholic celebrations.