This is a Day of Infamy, the Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494

I cannot simply ignore this date, the date of the Treaty of Tordesillas between Portugal and Castile (Spain). This treaty divvied up all newly discovered and yet undiscovered lands outside of Europe between Portugal and Castile. It was subsequently blessed and sanctified by assorted papist bullshit Papal Bulls, and established several outrageous principles, including that the whole world was there for the taking by one or more European powers and that some sleazy Borgia or successor Pope had the authority to bless such shenanigans.

The group Los Colchakis, often accompanied by appropriate indigenous groups have produced many albums of replicated indigenous music of South America. It is a satisfying diversion and relaxant for these times and, most particularly, for today. This is "La Flute Indienne" (1967).

As the Great Howlin' Wolf said:

Treaty of Tordesillas, Evil, history

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I visited Spain, then Brazil, then Portugal.
I saw the deadly land grab assholedness of royalty and that Papal mini-gods legacy everywhere.
Instead of visiting the Catholic churches, I found a place to sit, drink beer, until the rest of the tour groups got their fill of all things holy.
Beer is a blessing.

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@on the cusp

be well and have a good one

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