Good and bad in black and white.Its low brow. Its unpretentious. Mexico’s luchadores mix circus style acrobatics with way over-the-top theatre; bring a mask, wear it and grab a seat. Warning. whatever you do, avoid any temptation to let the emotions seize you and hop into the ring. … The worse thing that can happen to a Luchador wrestler is to lose his mask. They protect their characters and their true identity.In fact, the decorative and aesthetic elements encode and embed important social and cosmological knowledge, ancient archetypes and multi-sensory meanings within the culture.Still, its a diluted and sensationalized form; whatever does not conform to the dictates of good visuals tends to be discarded. That is, the body as sensational field is distilled and recast to an acceptable representational field in line with the visual economy of the more developed world.
The wrestlers say many people who work or study with Los Luchadores do not know that they are professional wrestlers.Its a secret society. A lodge of sorts. As entertainment, its part burlesque, part erotic, and in some measure, is a cultural reproduction of older Aztec legends and myths on sacrifice to the gods, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and the rituals of death and reincarnation. Mexican death masks meet Venice. Its pagan ritual vs. Christianity and its a toss-up to declare a winner or bad guy.
The wrestlers translate that dedication into their characters, helping create their persona and give life to the masks they wear.lucha libre isn’t just a violent spectacle, though it is violence that is tamed and mated to a ritual. The costumes and masks seem part of a comic book and science fiction tribute to superheroes. However, its a tribute to their heritage, a very serious source of pride, and an escape from their otherwise boring, unappealing lives.The use of masks is researched and is based on derivative copies of the original Aztecs, who wore them into battle to inspire fear; the sport has been popular in Mexico City since the 1930s.
“Lucha Libre can be seen on any night of the week in at least ten venues across Mexico City alone some of which cater to more than 15000 crazed fans who pay from £1- £3.50 to watch what is, ostensibly, grown men clad in masks and tights sweating profusely while rolling about the floor. The wrestlers, almost always tag teams, are divided into two distinct camps- the hairy, ugly, and at times deformed bad guys, or rudos, who employ all manner of perfidy and underhandedness to succeed (maybe distracting the ref while his tag partner belts his opponent over the head with a chair) and the well turned out good guys, or técnicos, who invariably play by the rules and use honest to goodness highbrow wrestling skills to win. Read More: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/football-sport/luchadores-aka-the-masked-men-of-mexican-wrestling/ a
A veritable mad house, fighting has been known to break out amongst fans of either camp as the skullduggery reaches fever pitch and each side uses all at their disposal to distract the other sides team. Yet contrary to appearances this is serious stuff. And such is the power of the luchadores amongst the people that one of their number, Super Barrio, has interrupted the Mexican Congress and led a successful demonstration that prompted the government to build housing for the impoverished. A local hero, the masked and cloaked wrestler is a respected national figure and representative of the left wing opposition – even though he still wears his pants over his tights… Read More: http://www.sabotagetimes.com/football-sport/luchadores-aka-the-masked-men-of-mexican-wrestling/
…In a fantasy-historical flashback we see Aztec ritual life rather nicely staged. With women wrestling as well, you can see the broad lines of ceremonial dances and an attempted virgin sacrifice; are performed in a theater setting that really captures the feeling of a past culture. The standard unfolding is the sacrificial virgin is pulled from the jaws of cannibalism- a ram is tangled in a bush, magically materializing in Babylonian fashion- by a heroic righteous man, who loves her, which dooms them both for breaking sacred laws- Adam and Eve- and involves them on some dubious and antagonistic relation to god, perhaps in the plural form which provides variety.Mexico led the way in turning championship wrestling into more of a carnival than a sport, and then they brought a wild sensibility to the aesthetic, ennobling and preserving a peculiar respect for wrestling fans, whose favorite entertainment is fortunately never lampooned. There is always a certain honor even in the low-brow which was not lost on a film maker like Luis Bunuel in his Mexican films which reflected that cultural dynamic and social cohesion.
Robin Esrock:Thousands are not so much ready to rumble as they are to marvel at the acrobatics. The hard ropes of the ring are designed to provide extra spring for the luchadores, who are regarded as among the most agile and versatile of all wrestlers. Their somersaults and leaps add all the excitement of a Cirque du Soleil performance. …A midget in a white mask seems destined for punishment, until he pulls off the most incredible manoeuvre, spinning with his legs around the heads of his opponents, and throwing them out of the ring altogether. Kids are screaming their approval, the atmosphere is electric, and while the contest has shifted from camp to the bizarre, the entertainment value is top-notch. The best of three rounds always goes to the wire, the bad guys always threatening to remove the mask of the tecnicos, and in one case they actually do. It appears to be a wardrobe malfunction. The unmasked luchador clutches his face wildly, and is led out of the ring before his true identity is revealed to the masses. For unlawful unmasking, the villain is disqualified, and justice is served.
Lucha libre is a form of physical theatre, designed to steam up our emotions, wow our senses and provide dazzling entertainment. Read More: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/wrestling-and-barely-surviving-in-mexico/article1883690/?cmpid=rss1
In general, sensory imagery aligns with sensory codes within the brain. The brain, is like a circuit board able to function with multiple corresponding moral values. Ideally, each sensation perceived by a person should stimulate the corresponding sensory and moral value within the brain. The colourful designs the wrestlers, and the traditions from which it arises, -face painting-therefore, represent but one aspect of an intricate and integrated multisensory complex of beliefs and practices. What may, historically, have appeared to be a straightforward and benign pattern of visual markings designed to increase the attractiveness of a person’s aesthetics, in fact, encodes and catalyzes a series of sensory associations which start in the brain but reach to parts unknown: the cosmos.
The examples of the costumes and make-up of this Mexican sub-culture, – including women, and indigenous, among others, considered here, indicates that, within its cultural context, body decoration is meant to channel and organize both innate and exterior forces, from the sensory perception to the cosmological. The body signs should not be regarded as representations, but could be interpreted as conduits of energy. Without an understanding of the multilayered and or multi-sensory symbolism which informs the designs, and the spectacle, representations of the body art, and the ritual of the matches, becomes one dimensional and without profundity: superficial and as obvious as the three second pin.