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Some people think of California as the kook capital of the world. Marin County is a hotbed of New Age philosophy. There, cults spring up overnight. Science and critical thinking is thrown out the window as so much litter.

Not so in Mexico. Mexicans are hard-working, practical folks. They don't have time for this stuff. Oh sure, there's a little Catholic mysticism; a dabbling in Mayan ritual. But no Mexican really takes any of this stuff seriously. There seems to be an absence of the truly weird.

Or is there?


I came upon the Instituto Gnostica de Antropologica on my daily walk. I tried to decipher the sign. No luck. Too many words not in my vocabulary. So I snapped this photo and took it home to evaluate at my desk.

What we have here is the Occult Institute of Anthropology. The name, of course, doesn't make sense. Maybe they meant to say, "The Institute of Occult Anthropology." No, that doesn't work either.

No matter. Neither translation tells us anything. Checking the rest of the sign, we are able to discern without referring to a dictionary that the Institute offers lectures (conferencias) on philosophy, art, science and mysticism. Well, that pretty much covers the University of California curriculum and then some.

Specific subjects include meditation, archeology, and "dream yoga", whatever the hell that is.

For the rest of it, I had to hit the books.

Fenomeno OVNI is an acronym for objeto volador no indentificado. It means UFO—unidentified flying object. "UFO phenomina." Already I can hear Theremin music starting to play.

For Culturas Serpentinas (snake cultures?) I found a reference on a web site that calls itself Metareligion.

A page on the web site states, "The authentic Aztec and Mayan cultures, the Egyptian and Chaldean, etc. are Serpentine Cultures that cannot be understood without Sexual Magic and the Kundalini." Huh?

(For a sojourn in the weird, check out Metareligion. Kinky sex here.)

The most obscure topic, La Masería, appears to have something to do with calendar medallions from Pompeii. That figures.

From all this, I conclude that Mexicans can be just as fruity as Norteamericanos. Paul Latour, who has lived in Mexico forever isn't so sure. He thinks the Instituto Gnostica probably is something created by expatriates. From Marin.

Maybe one of you knows something about this stuff. Until I hear from you, I'll remain a-gnostic.