Ollin Yoliztli

Ollin Yoliztli means blood moving in the heart in Náhuatl, which is an indigenous Mesoamerican language still spoken in México. Like a beating heart, Ollin Yoliztli is a ‘calpulli’ (community) of cultural ambassadors inspired by Latin America’s roots; focused on connecting with the heart of others through a spectrum of folklore, awakening everyone’s senses through music, colours, fabrics and dance.

The sign Ollin represents the concept of a pulsating, oscillating and centring motion-change cyclical completition, .i.e., the kind of motion-change exhibited by something as it moves through the phases of its life to death. It is a transformation within a cycle and renewal of all existing things.

Yoliztli refers to life. Life and death do not suppose an absolute antagonism since they are not situated on a linear axis of time but on a cyclical one. Life does not exclude death. Existence (nemiliztli) and death (miquiztli) are respectively the systole and diastole of the heartbeat of life: yoliztli.

For our ancestors, the Nahuatl society, the idea of ​​being in possession of a legacy, implied the need and obligation to preserve it. Tlapializtli in Náhuatl means the action of preserving or keeping something, Topializ refers specifically to the cultural legacy that belongs to us and concerns us to preserve or to keep.

We are here, to keep our traditions alive, as they have given us a sense of meaning in life.

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