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Curiosities about tamales that you should know
- According to historical data, tamales emerged between 800 and 500 BC. C. in Mesoamerica.
- Not only in Mexico: throughout Latin America a great diversity of tamales is prepared, with different masses, fillings and flavors.
- The word tamal comes from Nahuatl and means “wrapped”.
- This was one of the dishes that all classes ate: common people, nobles and priests.
- Tamales are eaten in Mexico all year round. However, in some places there are two dates that are used in a special way: the Day of the Candlemas and the Day of the dead (hence they are so common for wakes).
- In pre-Hispanic times, a woman’s worth was largely considered by her ability to make tamales.
- Moreover, pre-Hispanic women must have had the skill with the metate grinding corn to prepare tortillas and tamales with which they fed their husband and children.
- The midwives predicted the future activity of the girls in the metate and, when celebrating the union, during the ceremony, the mother-in-law would feed the newlywed 4 bites of tamale and the latter in turn gave her husband tamale.
- From this tradition comes the saying: “you have to be good for the mat and for the metate”.
- There is a whole discipline for the study of tamales, can you guess what it is called? Thamalology.
- It is estimated that there are 500 types of tamales in our country alone. However, more than 5 thousand preparations derive from this, depending on the traditions of the place.
- There are many beliefs around tamales: that if you prepare them sad, they are tasteless; if you’re in a hurry, they don’t finish cooking; If a child is crying during their preparation, they are salted. Do you know any other?
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