lunes, 4 de agosto de 2014

LA CUSUSA: EL AGUARDIENTE CLANDESTINO DE HONDURAS.



Without intention, the morning of January 1st 2013, I drove with relatives and friends on a lonely street in Honduras, suddenly one of the companions told me: "do not want a sip of Cususa, there where he sees that there is a galley plant Cususa "-there was over when he was already saying" yes ".
We got to this place and there are two men, one older, a little "watered" (drunk) and half awake, accompanied by a young man who looked giving the impression that he had not swallowed a sip of this clandestine liquor. "I take photographs excuse" I asked the older, naturally responded: "Sure do, no problem, do not want to drink a sip, take the small cup Mijo to invite your friends."

I'm not usually a drinker, but when the host of this cususera we served in a handmade glasses a drink of cususa, it was with fear because once ingested the drink and the next day was with a severe headache. "Sure you accept the invitation" - immediately afterwards taste the drink and really felt it was similar to any famous whiskey drink. Not only was I who opined the same but two companions were of the same opinion.
But what amazed me was that the producers looked as calmly, the more nervous was his server because I figured that anytime appeared the authorities and we had been detained, but later confirmed when one of them said "we are give them "for Soda" (a phrase that means giving money) to "CHEPOS" (police or military).
But fear increases when one of the accompanying said "here other people were and others came only to kill them," he added to my stress, which ended until we leave this place, if I had known before I would meet a factory of CUSUSA, known as "mountain cat", I would have prepared an excellent photographic camera and take a couple of lemons to use as "boca" (dessert after ingesting an intoxicating drink).

 HISTORY

As in several communities in Honduras, in the town of Victoria, Yoro, drinks and most prestigious in the world were consumed, but there are also those who consume a very popular traditional clandestine liquor called CUSUSA.
Just as each drink has a rich history, there are others that its origin is a mystery, and many who occasionally or often a drink of cususa are taken, do not like talking and becomes a state secret, for their preparation craft, and therefore part of the victoriense culture is the traditional CUSUSA.
The great intellectuals of this province have tried, and many of them even recommend how you should drink, is a fermented beverage with similar smell commercial, crystal liquor and intoxicating drink.
The CUSUSA prepared in the traditional way and many of its manufacturers were perfecting up to overcome the most prestigious liquor. The recipe is based on sweet corn, sugar cane. Is a spirit of good taste and liked by consumers, here the ingenuity of is evidenced producers.
The name is a word of CUSUSA Mayan means "crazy water" but who are put off if those who consume it in large quantities, in some cases the most common symptom is headache.
There she abounded season where clandestine factories or "cusuceras", they were thwarted by the authorities called "Checkers". Many who have come to consume him intoxicated due to excessive consumption ingredients and artisanal producers use, in many cases commit adultery.

PREPARATION

Products such as corn, sweet brown sugar, water is added, the container lid and ferment for three or four days, it is ready "soup" is the distillation in copper stills.

In the first distillation cususa you get what is known as "head", and then comes the second quality that goes by the name "aguarrala" and finally get the "charbasca". Cususa preparers, called the cususeros who are experienced in smell, and perform the test finger is wet and closer to the fire and flame rises depending on whether and how intensely they know the alcohol content and quality.
The cususa should not be packed immediately, but must be allowed to stand a few hours and then bottled. A good cususa exceeds the best rum, sometimes looks like vodka, whiskey, tequila and the best whiskeys.
But "cususa" poorly prepared artisan cause poisoning, headaches and bad breath. The cususa usually drink alone, some experts drinkers will add orange juice and served in a glass or “guacal”, some daring consume m

martes, 29 de julio de 2014

INSTITUTO JOSE ANTONIO OCHOA CONMEMORA DIA DEL CACIQUE LEMPIRA.

Fotos de: Adan Ramirez, Alba Luz Romero Flores, Johana Medina Mejía y Nasry Figueroa.

En Victoria, Yoro, Honduras. , celebran Dia de Lempíra
El instituto Polivalente José Antonio Ochoa del municipio de Victoria, Yoro, conmemoró el Día del cacique Lempira el 26 de julio del 2014, con una serie de actividades culturales que tuvieron con escenario el barrio Abajo de esta provincia.
Se instalaron 18 galeras, cada una representaba cada uno de los departamentos de Honduras, donde se recordaba cada uno de los productos insignes a que producen  sus habitantes.
En cada una de las casetas  se exhibían sus trajes típicos, los platos típicos y otros artículos propios de los departamentos de Honduras.
Con este evento se dan por finalizadas las actividades del Día de la Identidad Nacional, donde se recuerda al líder indígena-Lempira - que luchó en contra de la explotación de  los indios, por parte de españoles.
El indio Lempira es el primer defensor indígena de nuestra soberanía, cada 20 de julio se realizan actividades culturales en su homenaje, la historia registra que nació en el año  1499 y murió en 1537.

martes, 22 de julio de 2014

Newspapers And Digital Daily Gave A Broad Coverage Of Rain Fishes.



Foto de diario digital HONDUDIARIO.

Rain of Fish" in Yoro, happened last night
The fish of rain came Wednesday night, as reported by residents of the area, like is the tradition for about 100 years.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The traditional "fish pf rain" that happens every year between May and June, there was this one night of Wednesday in the Town Center area of ​​La Union, in the department of Yoro district of Victoria, villagers confirmed .

According radio correspondent Joshua Urbina, interviewing people in the area, said Wednesday night there fell a heavy storm, which turned the traditional phenomenon of "fish of rain".

Imagen del diario HONDUDIARIO.
Rain of fish in the department of Yoro, is part of their folklore considered an extraordinary weather event that happens every year.
Stock Hondudiario daily’s claim that this phenomenon occurs for more than 100 years, it almost always starts with a darkening of the sky by dense clouds, followed by thunder and lightning, high winds, and heavy rain that lasts 2 to 3 hours.

Once the rain ends, villagers are hundreds of fish scattered on the floor, still alive. Villagers collect them and transport them home to cook and eat them later.

The fish are freshwater provided they are found alive, and according to people are not the types of fish found in nearby areas.

So far no scientific evidence to explain this fact possess, considering that experts believe the fish rain could be due to a weather phenomenon. Hondudiario.

NEWSPAPERS LA PRENSA:


Honduras: Fall "Rain of Fish" in the town of Victoria, Yoro


FOTO DE DIARIO LA PRENSA

The storm that is registered each year in a yoreña community spans two or three hours, with winds and electrical activity.
Yoro, Honduras.
A strong storm in the Village Center La Union community in the town of Victoria, Yoro, in northern Honduras, brought one of the most fascinating phenomena of nature.
Although the downpour that occurred Wednesday night in the town yoreña initially seemed a godsend for the crops, at sunrise which became a spectacle for the people the traditional "Rain of Fish" had fallen.
In the puddles, streets and nearby effluents, the inhabitants of the community found hundreds of minnows collected in containers.
The phenomenon is recorded each year between May and July, where the rainy season begins in northern Honduras.

Foto de Diario La Prensa.

Natives of the department of Yoro reported that "Fish Rain" is a storm that spans two or three hours; with strong winds and electrical activity, and due to the force of the winds, recognize that it is the phenomenon.
Ensure that the previous evening before the storm, the sky gets cloudy and once the rain stops, people go out to find the place where the fish appear. Very few times the event is repeated two consecutive years in the same place and in the last decade has shifted to the interior villages.
The finding, after the rain, is enjoyed mainly by children, who collect small fish brought by the rain.


Unexplained Phenomenon
The "Rain of Fish" has been reported throughout the world for centuries; however, scientific explanations of why the phenomenon occurs, are few. One hypothesis suggests originates with waterspouts, tornadoes that move over water and that would suck the little creatures below the surface to deposit them elsewhere. However, waterspouts are not known to carry their water load over long distances and in any case, not be applicable to Yoro, located about 200 kilometers off the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

lunes, 21 de julio de 2014

DIA DE LEMPIRA

Fotos cortesía de Adán Ramirez y Abel Palma Hernandez
Los residentes de la aldea Las Lomas del Jícaro, le dieron la bienvenida a la red de Centros Educativos del municipio de Victoria, Yoro, Honduras.
Este evento se realizó el pasado 18 de julio del 2013 para celebrar con desfiles, exposición de objetos y la presentación de grupos de danzas con ocasión del Día del Indio Lempira (20 de julio).
Se recordó en este acto, que el indio Lempira, fue indígena Lenca, llego a ser capitán de guerra y lucho contra los españoles a partir del año de 1530. El nombre de Lempira proviene de la palabra "Lempaera: que en lengua Lenca quiere decir señor". 
Lempira guió un ejercito de indios posesionándose en sitios estrategicos, pero al final fue traicionado por los españoles y sus tropas se dispersaron por las montañas. Unos creen en la existencia de Lempira, otros no lo creen. 

Alumnos, maestros y padres de familia  de varios colegios y escuelas primaria de esta provincia yoreña  engalanaron las calles  de esta aldea.
A ello se unieron los coloridos trajes típicos  que lucieron los alumnos, alusivos al Indio Lempira, quienes fueron ovacionados por los residentes de esta comunidad.

Los grandes ausentes de esta celebración del Día de la Identidad Nacional, fueron los centros educativos del casco urbano del municipio de Victoria, Yoro, esto no fue excusa para que este acontecimiento fuese un rotundo  éxito.

Como siempre los mas pequeños con vistosos atuendos fueron ovacionados por la comunidad, lo mismo fue para todos los que participaron en el desfile.