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The discovery of the New World implied the discovery of a new world of no-no’s, a recently inaugurated exhibit of religious art shows. Transgression and Temptation in New Spain, now showing at Tepotzotlan’s National Viceregal Museum near Mexico City, illustrates the array of sins, peccadilloes and offenses that preoccupied the clergy and ruling classes in colonial-era Mexico, including some that were never an issue before, such as indulging in too much chocolate or pulque, two staples of the pre-Hispanic diet that were unknown in Europe. Both were believed to boost your energy levels, but also your libido if taken in excess, so prohibitions soon followed. This novel exhibit brings together artwork from major collections, including Mexico City’s Franz Mayer Museum and the Guadalupe Museum of Zacatecas, as well as major artists from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The 74 pieces on show, ranging from oil paintings to banned books, are grouped into four themes, including the struggle between good and evil and the road to salvation.

  • El pecado y las tentaciones en la Nueva España
  • Museo Nacional del Virreinato
  • Plaza Hidalgo 99, Tepotzotlan, Estado de Mexico
  • Until April 29, 2012

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teoti_vertOn his official visit to Mexico City this week, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom took the opportunity to take in two of Mexico’s top sights, the National Museum of Anthropology and the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, where he tried some pulque, the precursor of tequila.

The mayor visited the museum’s Maya, Mexica and Gulf Coast exhibits, featuring the famed Aztec Calendar and a giant Olmec stone head. Wednesday morning, he toured the archaeological site, where he also visited obsidian workshops and tasted pulque before scaling the Pyramid of the Sun.

Newsom “ran up the 245 steps and in just five minutes was atop the pre-Hispanic building,” according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the agency hosting the visit to the ruins.

Any correlation between the pulque and the mayor’s energetic ascent? INAH didn’t say. It did however report Newsom as saying, “The last 40 steps were the hardest.”

“The view is amazing,” the mayor was also quoted as saying. “It’s my first time in Mexico and I would like to return.”

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