Tuesday, 15 February 2011

CULTURE · El Santo, the Silver Masked Man (September 1917 - February 1984)

Santo, el enmascarado de plata, originally uploaded by Stregoika.
On February the 5th ( so sorry Santo, better late than never!) Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, el Enmascarado de Plata died 27 years ago.

But what is so special about a guy who wears turtlenecks, fights against sorry looking monsters and stars in downright silly and tatty low budget movies?

Well, he is the epitome of the populace's dreams and hopes. He always saved the day and rescued the damsels in distress using cutting edge James Bond-esque technology, and never failed to kick the baddie's arse. He was a flesh and bone super hero that, unlike Batman or Superman, you could actually go see fighting live at the Arena Mexico's ring.

It is fair to say that his silver mask became a fetish to all his followers. For them, it symbolizes occult qualities, mysterious agencies but most importantly it is a token of justice for the common man.

Long live the legend of El Santo.


  1. Yeah, he was a legend.

  2. Hi! This guy sounds awesome, I'll get my fella to download some of these bad boys :)

    Speaking of which, when I told me boyfriend about your blog, his eyes lit up and he practically squealed "does she post recipes?" Apparently, he really really loves proper Mexican food! So any recipes you'd like to share would be greatly appreciated :)

  3. Actually yes! In addition to the food reviews, there'll also be original recipes for proper Mexican, everything from drinks and desserts to nibbles and full meals with info on where to find some hard to get ingredients in the UK (although most things you can get in a regular supermarket) =)

    There's a couple of recipes coming up next week so keep your eyes peeled!

  4. Luchadores, mexican nibbles and Corona sounds like a girls'night in!