The Seri people of northern Mexico are really special.
When you are born, the village writes a song for you. This song travels with you your entire life.
Once a year, the Seri celebrate the beginning of the earth, in a ritual that in any other place on earth would most likely involve an animal sacrifice. But when they go to the sea, capture a turtle (whom they believe to have created the earth), and bring it back to their village, they do not kill it. Rather they put it in the center of town and dance and sing around it, thanking it for it's gift. At the end they return to the sea and set it free.
And when someone dies, they don't know how to understand, contextualize, or handle it. They set the dead in the center of town and again they form a circle around her. For 3 days they cry. But really cry, sob, all the emotion possible pouring out. They do this straight until they pass out, fainting from exhaustion and despair, and the ceremony ends.
i went straight to tacos gus after arriving in mexico city, the new taco stand opened by the guy who used to run tacos el guerro (the former best tacos in the entire world, usurped by gus). i asked if he remembered me (from the summer that i moved to mexico city in order to eat his tacos every day), and he said "yes, you used to have long hair, and you would come always and ask for vegetarian, and you were always surprised that i would know exactly what tacos you would like every day". and he gave me a hug. swoon, food crush. i ate the most amazing cilantro croquette taco with beans and quesito. also cheese stuffed chile poblano con gaucamole and cilantro rice. zucchini with guacamole + quesito. acelgas (chard). breaded cheese stuffed quelites (a leafy green) stewed in tomato. roasted chile and potatoes. seasonally they have other amazing dishes like stewed cauliflower, flor de calabaza, etc.mm....
they also have crazy meat dishes like tripe, etc, if thats your thing....