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Old April 02, 2009, 01:14 PM
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La Malinche

I just picked up a new book "Mexican Spanish", in the intro when giving a brief history of how Mexican Spanish came about, La Malinche came up, very briefly but the story was interesting to me, I guess she was a Mayan girl who translated for Cortez and was considered a traider by most but not so much now. Does anyone have insite on this, or does anyone know of a good book that would tell the story.
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Old April 02, 2009, 01:37 PM
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. . . and was considered a traider by most but not so much now.
Do you mean "traitor"? I'm not familiar with her, but it does sound interesting, so that gives me something to research.
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Old April 02, 2009, 01:57 PM
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You can gain some insights about her from what appears on the web. I just glanced at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche for an overall idea, but there are hundreds of thousands of hits on "La Malinche."
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Old April 02, 2009, 02:32 PM
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Do you mean "traitor"? I'm not familiar with her, but it does sound interesting, so that gives me something to research.
Yeah, that's what I ment oops. I guess I need to start checking my english before I post lol.

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You can gain some insights about her from what appears on the web. I just glanced at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Malinche for an overall idea, but there are hundreds of thousands of hits on "La Malinche."
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That wikipedia link was very informative thanks, guess I dont need a book, I dont know why I always try to look for a good book when in this day and age all you have to do is google.

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Yes, La Malinche was an utterly important figure in the history of Mexico, and known as a traitor. I've actually seen some sources that refer to the event as "la gran chingada," which actually is kind of funny if you think about the translation. There are many phrases in Mexican Spanish that refer to that very verb, which I am not going to even begin to mention on this forum. On the same note, the word "malinchista" is used quite often. I have nothing to add, however; Wikipedia pretty much summed up the history quite well.
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Old April 02, 2009, 05:05 PM
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On the other hand, she was a misunderstood woman. She probably was just looking for survival and she was looked upon as a traitor!

I guess no one will really ever know the truth!

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La Malinche betrayed the Aztecs. That's true. But she is also an enduring symbol of Mexico culture which is a combination of Native American and European traditions, language, style, religion.
La Malinche's life is not about good and evil. History has shown there's shades of grey in her story--or should I say orange, red, yellow and brown like Mexico itself.
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Quite a colorful description and so appropriate too!

México es muy colorido!
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malinche? well , all that I know is a scary story, malinche called: la llorona !! que grita hay mis hijos, have you heard it? * _*
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malinche? well , all that I know is a scary story, malinche called: la llorona !! que grita hay mis hijos, have you heard it? * _*
This story was mentioned before in the forums, here and here.
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