The cultural identity of the Salvadoran

By José Eduardo Cubías Colorado

Since the poet Roque Dalton introduced us in his “Love poem” as “the ones that nobody ever knows where they are from”, the problem of the cultural identity of the Salvadoran, has remained as a “open wound” in Salvadoran society; a latent and recurring problem.

Salvadorans abroad easily forget their traditions and customs, more of the ancestral, even natural speech and adopts idioms from other cultures, with which he hides his true identity, which leads us to deduce that Salvadorans are easily permeable to transculturation.

Our Cultural Heritage

Cultural assets bequeathed by our ancestors, little by little they have lost their authenticity before Post-Modernism. Music, the singing, dance and oral tradition, have been affected in their origins, and the authentic, before the concept of folk projection, what provides, although a show pleasing the public, it is not very close to the cultural heritage bequeathed by our ancestors.

I ask: What has happened to the, “Game-Game” of the “hunger” , with “the tiger and the deer”, with the “feathered” the Cacaopera, “la mulita o yegüita” of the Lenca peoples, the “pinto bull”, “the old of August”, “the descent of Las Palmas de Panchimalco”, “The Moors and Christians” of San Antonio Abad”?

On the other hand what happened to “The Brotherhoods” as a vision of Cultural Syncretism? With sadness I have seen how they have been disappearing from the scene of the native peoples. Is it because there are no heirs of our own customs and cultural traditions, as roots to our own land?

Personally, I consider that roots as a cultural fabric, that ties us to the ancestral origins, must be preserved, promote, as the cultural identity of our peoples.