Roots of Parachicos in an oral tradition

According to oral tradition, in the mid-eighteenth century, Maria de Angulo came to then-called town of Chiapa de la Real Corona, looking for the indigenous healer to cure her little son of a strange disease. After bathing the child in the healing waters of Cumbujuyú, the boy recovered.

The parachicos evoke Chiapacorceños who dressed up to entertain the infant during his illness, hence his name, as they did it “para-el-chico” (for-the-boy). Meanwhile, the “chuntas” (men dressed as women) represented the servants of the Spanish lady.

The tradition also refers to a terrible locust plague that destroyed the local crops, between 1767 and 1768, and then in 1770, an epidemy caused the death of hundreds of people. That was when María de Angulo returned to the town and, in gratitude for having healed her son, distributed corn and money among the population.

The dance of the parachicos continues to be organized in a traditional way led by mayordomias (honarable authorities) of the different neighborhoods of Chiapa de Corzo, headed by a patron, whose position is inherited by the members of the Nigenda family.

The parachicos dance to the beat of the whistle and the drum for the Lord of Miracles, accompanied by the chuntas, abrecampos, cowboys and tehuanos; On January 17, they dedicate their dance to Saint Anthony Abad, and on the 23rd to Saint Sebastian Martyr.

Parachicos visit all main temples of the town. They also go to the municipal pantheon to commemorate the deceased patrons, the Plaza de Parachicos and the banks of Nandambúa y Las Flechas.

The text shared from the page of the National Institute of Anthropology and History

Another specific version, very interesting, you will find at the website of Tierrra de lo Grande.