Woke up: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
Went to sleep: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
I’m always wondering what the words mean. Huanacaxtle? (Pronounced Juan a cox’ ta lee.)
It’s hard to learn the meanings when I can’t communicate with the people who have the answers, because of the language barrier, and the people whom I can talk with are just as clueless as me.
I’ve learned since I’ve been in Mexico it’s important to get a consensus. The Mexican people are very anxious to help and they are proud people, too. If you ask them for directions, for example, they may not want to admit they don’t understand the question or they may not want to admit they don’t know the answer but, they want so badly to be helpful and to assist. Often you get a wrong answer.
Peter and I recently had this experience when going to Costco. We asked one gentleman who said, “Oh, yes, walk two blocks that way.” We walked in the direction he indicated. Soon, we decided this direction didn’t seem right. We asked another gentleman who said, “Oh, yes, walk two blocks that way.” (Indicating the opposite direction.) We walked in the direction he pointed. Soon, we decided this direction didn’t seem right. We asked a third gentleman who said, “Oh, yes, walk two blocks that way.” We literally walked back and forth along the boulevard, first one way and then the other. After calculating the average of all the answers we had been given we felt confident we were walking in the right direction.
I think I finally have an understanding of the origin and meaning of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
The Huanacaxtle is a type of tree.
The legend of the naming of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is known to have come from the burial of a woman beneath a giant, shady Huanacaxtle tree. A large cross was carved into the trunk of the tree in honor of the woman buried beneath. As time went by, the tree became a central gathering place. As the word “cross” in Spanish is “cruz”, the gathering place became known by all as “La Cruz de Huanacaxtle”, and thus the name was born.