Goliad State Park hosts 'Los Pastores - A Shepherd's Play'
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Jan. 11, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.
GOLIAD - Goliad State Park will host "Los Pastores - A Shepherd's Play" at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Franciscan priests created shepherds' plays, which depict the shepherds' journey to see Baby Jesus, in the 16th century as a way to share the Spanish culture and religion with Meso-American Indians.
Familiar cultural tools such as music, dance, action and costumes were used to communicate the meanings of the plays to non-Spanish speaking American Indians. It is very likely that shepherds' plays were performed at the Spanish colonial site of Mission Espiritu Santo during the 18th century.