April 13, 2001

Noted Scholar to Present Lecture on Volcano Traditions and Cults at Museum of Man

Dr. Eduardo Merlo Juarez, director of the Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal in Puebla, Mexico, will present "Popocatepetl Volcano: Contemporary Cult of the Volcanoes in the Region of Puebla," a lecture to be held at the San Diego Museum of Man, 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2001.

According to Grace John-son, the Museum of Man's curator of Latin American Ethnography, the recent eruption of "Popo," one of the highest volcanoes in North America, has heightened interest in the rituals that neighboring towns perform to calm the fury of the natural elements and to control the climate for crops. "We are honored to have Dr. Merlo as a guest lecturer," says Johnson. "He will discuss a variety of fascinating contemporary traditions and cults, all of which honor this legendary volcano, which is located near the city of Puebla."

Dr. Merlo is an archaeologist and architect and also the coordinator of the Department of Anthropology at the National Institute of Anthropology in Puebla. On Thursday, April 19, 2001, he will lecture on Mexican Colonial Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.

The San Diego Museum of Man is an educational, non-profit corporation founded in 1915 to display the life and history of humankind. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for visitors 65 and older, $3 for ages 6-17 and free for children five and younger. For more information call (619) 239-2001 or visit the website at www.museumofman.org.

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