What are your memories of Zozobra?

- September 8, 2011

"What are your memories of Zozobra? If you are attending the burning tonight, I’d love to hear about you experience..."

The last few days have been a whirlwind of newspaper and radio interviews related to my newly published book, Elvis Romero and Fiesta de Santa Fe Featuring Zozobra’s Great Escape.

This morning I discussed my book during a Thursday morning call-in show. I was intrigued by the diversity of opinions and attitudes people had regarding the burning of Zozobra. Some callers perceived the event as a pagan ritual while others saw it as an expression of Santa Fe culture.

In my book, I describe my remembrances of the burning of Zozobra:

“Santa Feans may remember driving to Fort Marcy Field in the mid-1960s, when admission was $3 per car, having picnics on the grass, and listening to the mariachis play? They may also recall the mesmerizing scene of the Quetzalcoatl dancers, the white-robed glooms, and finally the Fire Dancer wearing red, white and blue streamers, taunting Zozobra before lighting the fuse that set him on fire. I can still hear the yells of “Burn, burn, burn!”  Poor Old Man Gloom protested in an agonized voice as he was quickly engulfed in a torrent of flames and crumbled in ashes as fireworks lit up the sky behind him. This sensational and enigmatic ritual indicated that another Fiesta was under way.”

What are your memories of Zozobra? If you are attending the burning tonight, I’d love to hear about you experience.

Dr. Lovato hosts a pair of upcoming book signings, discussions and performances:

Palace of the Governors Courtyard
105 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2014
FREE EVENT—Discussion, Book Signing,
Musical Performance, Refreshments

Sunday, September 11, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW # 211, Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508
FREE EVENT— Book Signing and Discussion with Andrew Leo Lovato (author of Elvis Romero and Fiesta de Santa Fe, Featuring Zozobra’s Great Escape by Museum of New Mexico Press),and Sarah Bronwen Horton (author of Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented by School for Advanced Research Press)