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Default Metatl aka Metate and Molcaxitl aka Molcajete

Thought of going back to cultural stuff starting with this...

Metatl

With Metatl culture is passed down
A girl becomes a woman
And can provide what a man cannot
But what happens
When a daughter doesn’t learn
And want pass it down
Will the culture die

Please, mother
Pass it down to my daughter
Even though she’s not yet alive
So that it will someway survive

- poem by me


How many know who has a metatl? Many Mexican homes have it. You probably know it as metate. They’re made out of volcanic rock. You would need a metlapil (a small piece of volcanic rock.) in order to grind things.

During Mexica times, a girl’s umbilical cord was buried under the metate.

The Molcaxitl aka Molcajete was made out of volcanic rock and its purpose was to make salsa.

Will post pics later on...
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Thought of going back to cultural stuff starting with this...

Metatl

With Metatl culture is passed down
A girl becomes a woman
And can provide what a man cannot
But what happens
When a daughter doesn’t learn
And want pass it down
Will the culture die

Please, mother
Pass it down to my daughter
Even though she’s not yet alive
So that it will someway survive

- poem by me


How many know who has a metatl? Many Mexican homes have it. You probably know it as metate. They’re made out of volcanic rock. You would need a metlapil (a small piece of volcanic rock.) in order to grind things.

During Mexica times, a girl’s umbilical cord was buried under the metate.

Will post pics later on...
Right on.

My mom used hers to grind jalepenos along with other spices.
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my moms did the same DD, not sure if she still has it around though.
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My mom still has it in the cabinets. Ever since she discovered you can make salsa in the blender, she doesn't do it on the metate anymore plus my sister doesn't want to learn how so yeah...

Other than salsa, you can also ground corn on it. That's what the native women do (and still do in some regions.).
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I haven't seen one since I was a little girl. Maybe I'll ask my mom if she still has hers.
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My dad makes his own salsa on the metate since my mom won't.
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Yea I Got One At Home...i Always Use It To Do My Famous Salsa De Metatl...everyone Loves It...i'm A Grown Women...mi Mami Me La Dio...lol...i'm Hungry I'ma Go Eat Some Frigoles With Arroz And Tortilla And My Salsa...right Now...
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Over here their better known as Molcajetes
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Over here their better known as Molcajetes
Molcajete is probably comes from a native word in Jalisco (formally known as Xalisco).
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Over here their better known as Molcajetes
YEAH!!!! That's the name, I couldn't remember it. THANKS!!!
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I just bought one a couple of weeks ago!!!
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My mom has one now. But she also got it not to long ago, i believe when she went down to Juarez. SO far we basically we have used it to grind spices, mostly cumino.
The whole time growing up i dont remember my mom having one. I think she probably had one growing up but didnt take it with her. I know the neighbor that used to watch me, she used to have one and i always wondered what she really used it for. I just remember it looking cool.
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My mom has one now. But she also got it not to long ago, i believe when she went down to Juarez. SO far we basically we have used it to grind spices, mostly cumino.
The whole time growing up i dont remember my mom having one. I think she probably had one growing up but didnt take it with her. I know the neighbor that used to watch me, she used to have one and i always wondered what she really used it for. I just remember it looking cool.
Many of them are passed down from generation to generation. Some families have some that are over 100 years old.
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YEAH!!!! That's the name, I couldn't remember it. THANKS!!!
hey Tecpa, thanks for bringing it up! My grandma Xiah always used the molcaxitl (Nahuatl) or molcajete (Spanglicized) for grinding chillis. I bet there are trace minerals (beneficial) in the molcaxitl that the blender does not offer.
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My eldest sister got my moms Molcajete.....It was also passed down for generations
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hey Tecpa, thanks for bringing it up! My grandma Xiah always used the molcaxitl (Nahuatl) or molcajete (Spanglicized) for grinding chillis. I bet there are trace minerals (beneficial) in the molcaxitl that the blender does not offer.
I bet. Besides, I like a woman who can make salsa from the metate.

Just trying to show that much of our culture is still there.
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I dont need a woman to make it for me, just tell me ow it is done, hehe.
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Nelio you do need a woman!!!!
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Use it on a regular basis. Salsa and such just doesn't taste the same from the blender.
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I guess it's cuz you don't mash up the ingredients real evenly so it gives it a certain texture
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Shut it you. That is what I tell them so that they do use the metate.
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What we do sometimes is get chirizo mash it up in the molcajate then great queso asadero or adobera mix it then put it in the oven until the cheese melts
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My grandma used to say: "if your girlfriend doesn't use the metate, molcajete or doesn't know how to make tortillas don't marry her."
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Here are some pics from historical stuff.

The first pic shows a metate with corn dough from the Codex Vindobonensis Mexicanus which sadly is in Vienna, Austria.

Second image is from a Diego Rivera Painting.

Third, is from Codex Mendoza. It shows a woman teaching her taugher to use it.

Fourth, I don't know which codex, but what I know is it's from a Mixteco codex.

Fifth, is from the Codex Borgia which sadly is owned by the Vatican.
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Very interesting.....I have and use one that my abuelita gave me, she's had it for years....now I have it.
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