This class has shed light on the fact that the two very different countries of India and Mexico have many similarities. From initial colonization, to castes systems, to revolutions, and more, studying India and Mexico in one class has made many connections never before thought possible from two countries on opposite sides of the planet.
As I stood in the reading room of the DeGolyer library, I struggled to process the sheer amount of visual information being thrown at me. Before me stood three long tables which were scattered with various photographs, frail and aging, their warm, brown tints calling me closer. The DeGolyer library at Southern Methodist University
This photograph is titled “A Parsee Family” and was taken by William Johnson sometime between 1855-1862 in Western India. The photo depicts a family of four- a mother, father, and two young children. The mother is sitting with her two children standing on either side of her. The father stands to the far right of
Three men stand looking powerful and pensive in this image. The photo is entitled the Marwarree Brokers, which suggests they are involved in business and are probably apart of the Kshatriyas caste and are relatively wealthy and respected. The existence of brokers suggests that the economy in India during this time was pretty sophisticated. The
This image is a snapshot of a typical moment occurring in a market in the streets of the Mexican city, Guanajuato. Children and women are seen managing the stalls while others browse through various hand made items that are displayed under tents along the sides of the buildings. The street is narrow because of the