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The Carnival Dances of Tlaxcala: An Authentic Folklore Spectacle Waiting for Tourist Promotion

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Tourism is a powerful modifying agent for the life schemes, traditions, uses, habits, and value systems of both travelers and host populations. Growing tendencies of tourist flows are motivated by cultural reasons, focusing on the discovery of all the kinds of historic and artistic manifestations that constitute a human cultural legacy. The carnival dances of Tlaxcala can be considered as authentic expressions of the ideological identity of this place because they represent emblematic elements of its history, popular traditions, and values. For the cultural tourist, the carnival dances of Tlaxcala represent wonderful ways to access to an exotic universe of colors, rhythms, and movements that show the beauties of an unknown world. Furthermore, aside from their sociological and cultural importance, the carnival dances of Tlaxcala can also be an important source of tourist flows because they represent an important and beautiful reason to visit Mexico. In this context, the carnival dances of Tlaxcala represent a beautiful folkloric attraction that, as a core cultural product, is still waiting for an appropriately and carefully designed promotional program that can contribute to social and economic development of the central region of Mexico's Tlaxcala State.
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Keywords: CARNIVAL DANCES; CULTURAL IDENTITY; CULTURAL TOURISM; TLAXCALA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-10-01

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