Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Sellout

We returned to Querétaro a couple of days ago after our summer-long Sellout to The Man. When you enter the city from the airport, you pass an enormous statue of Conín, the 16th-Century Otomí chief who cut a deal with the Spanish back in 1531. We wouldn't say he sold out his people, since 500 years later there are still a lot of Otomí around here (whereas good luck finding any Wampanoag around Boston these days).

But then, in what has to be one of the most startling transformations in history, Conín converted to Jesus-ness, cut his hair, bought a new suit and took an office job (he was the first governor of Querétaro) under the name Fernando de Tapia, earning himself a second, much smaller statue, right up the street from Burro Hall.

Conín [left, with loincloth]; Fernando de Tapia [right, with ruffles]

That, amigos, is selling out. We feel better about ourselves already.


Richard said...

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
-- some other guy from Massachusetts

Dave said...

He did well for himself-preserved in bronze instead of stone, nice pantaloon-type duds, and New World respectability, let alone saving his soul. Model citizen to say the least.