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Encyclopedia > Castizo

Castizo is a Spanish word with a general meaning of "genuine". It has other more concrete meanings.


Race

An example of "Pintura de Castas" which classified people by their ancestry, admixture, and degree of admixture. Within this representation of Castizos during the Latin American colonial period one can read "De español y mestiza, castiza" ([Male] Spaniard and Mestiza beget a Castiza).
An example of "Pintura de Castas" which classified people by their ancestry, admixture, and degree of admixture. Within this representation of Castizos during the Latin American colonial period one can read "De español y mestiza, castiza" ([Male] Spaniard and Mestiza beget a Castiza).

Under the Caste System of colonial Latin America, the term originally applied to the children resulting from the union of a European and a Mestizo; that is, someone of three quarters Spanish and one quarter Amerindian ancestry. During this era a myriad of other terms (mestizo, cuarterón de indio, cholo, etc.) were in use to denote other individuals of European/Amerindian ancestry in ratios smaller or greater than that of castizos. The feminine form of the word is castiza. Image File history File links Castizo. ... Image File history File links Castizo. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... This article is about the continent. ... Mestizo (Portuguese, Mestiço; French, Métis: from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere, to mix) is a term of Spanish origin used to designate the peoples of mixed European and Amerindian racial strain inhabiting the region spanning the Americas, from the Canadian prairies in the... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ... Cholo is a Spanish term of Latin American origin. ...


It was mainly used for mixed-race people who had a slightly darker complexion than that of an unmixed Spaniard, but which were otherwise of European appearance with almost no visible admixture. Under this same caste system, the offspring of a Spaniard and a Castiza was classified as a Spaniard, thus the offspring regained his/her "purity of blood".

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"De español y castiza produce español" ([male] Spaniard and Castiza beget a Spaniard).

For some castizos whose residual quarter of Amerindian ancestry wasn't apparent at all, these were simply not categorized as castizos, and were accepted as criollos (Spaniards born in the Americas). Image File history File links De_español_y_castiza_produce_español. ... Image File history File links De_español_y_castiza_produce_español. ... The term Creole is used with different meanings in different contexts, which can generate confusion. ...


With the fall of the empire, the distinctions of the numerous caste terminologies (other than white, black, amerindian, mestizo, mulatto and zambo) lost detail. Castizos today would simply be categorized as Whites or mestizos, depending on self-identification. Representation of Mulatos during the Latin American colonial period. ... A representation of Zambos in Pintura de Castas during the Latin American colonial period. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Mestizo (Portuguese, Mestiço; French, Métis: from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere, to mix) is a term of Spanish origin used to designate the peoples of mixed European and Amerindian racial strain inhabiting the region spanning the Americas, from the Canadian prairies in the...


For US Latinos who yesteryear would have been classified as castizos, "Light mestizos" or "euro-mestizos" are relatively common contemporary American English terms used, but more common in use is "light skinned Mexican" ("Mexican" is often used as a substitute for mestizo, even amongst many US Latinos not of Mexican descent).


In Madrid

Castizo is used in Madrid for costumes, music, speech typical of the Madrid populace about the end of the 19th century. A person dressed in castizo fashion can be called manolo/manola and chulapo/chulapa. Many zarzuelas are set in a castizo environment, like La verbena de la Paloma. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Zarzuela (IPA /θarθwela/) is the Spanish lyrical opera. ...


Castizo items are the street swivel piano, barquillos, Schottisch music and Manila shawls. The Schottische is a partnered country dance, Bohemian in origin, that is two short runs and a hop followed by four turning hop steps: step step step hop, step step step hop, step hop step hop step hop step hop. ...


Casticismo in the Spanish language

Casticismo was a tendence among Spanish intellectuals to reject foreign loanwords and stick to traditional Spanish roots. An example is deporte, a word recovered from Medieval Castilian meaning pastime, that successfully replaced the Anglicism sport. A loanword is a word directly taken into by one language from another with little or no translation. ... Castilian is a noun and adjective that refers to the region and former kingdom of Spain; in particular, it refers to the language of this region, and is therefore considered by many to be a synonym of Spanish, though with different nuances. ...


Miguel de Unamuno wrote En torno al casticismo ("About casticismo"). Miguel de Unamuno Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (September 29, 1864–December 31, 1936) was a writer and philosopher from the Basque Country in Spain. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Castizo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (475 words)
For some castizos whose residual quarter of Amerindian ancestry wasn't apparent at all, these were simply not categorized as castizos, and were accepted as criollos (Spaniards born in the Americas).
Castizos today would simply be categorized as Whites or mestizos, depending on self-identification.
Castizo is used in Madrid for costumes, music, speech typical of the Madrid populace about the end of the 19th century.
Castizo Quarter - Text (1199 words)
The Castizo Quarter sits roughly in the center of Madrid extending to the south.
Castizo is considered to be the area where the true Madrileño lives.
Castizo (or Castiza) literally means "pure" or "authentic".
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