The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 379
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and simple natives, and today seems almost super-
natural in its survival within twentieth century
thought and environment. ..
In the Southwest, the story lives in its original sim-
plicity, fervor, and zeal, in the hearts of pious peasants.
It is bequeathed from sire to son, rehearsed line upon
line, five thousand or more, rhymed and unrhymed;
with numerous songs to harmonize with minor chords,
besides players to place according to space, circum-
stance and tradition. However, do not fancy it im-
prisoned between the wings of a modern theatre. Cus-
toms, costumes, and words, echoing from the heart of
centuries, need the atmosphere of contrast; the striking
harmonies of simplicity; the pomp and luxury of out-
door space and color.
You will find "Los Pastores" at the "Chapel of Mira-
cles," a mile northwest of the Alamo. If not there,
some adjacent jacalita, rich in piety and hospitality,
bids a welcome; as the players are under a moral obli-
gation to go wherever an altar is built to the Christ
Child. So the ceremony is seldom repeated in the same
locality during the time allotted for its presentation-
from Christmas eve to January the twelfth....
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