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How “Wednesday” paid tribute to Latin American culture – from dances to a traditional sweet and savory treat

Not just the Tim Burton Netflix series Wednesday Introducing a version of the goth teens that fans have never seen before, but a Latin version. Lead actress Jenna Ortega explained that her version of Wednesday was “technically Latina.” find fans Wednesday has many subtle references to Latin American culture, Mexican ancestry, classical music and Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez) enjoying a well-known sweet and savory treat.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Wednesday.]

Wednesday takes on a more cartoon-accurate version of the macabre family. Ortega was right when she explained that the Netflix series brings a Latin flavor to the character and her family. But the series doesn’t make obvious examples, instead making slick, subtle ones for fans to keep in mind. In the first episode, Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) warns her daughter not to escape Nevermore. But she gives her a parting gift, a necklace. The necklace is a “W” that can be converted to an “M”.

The necklace is associated with Latin culture, as Morticia explains: “It is made of obsidian, which Aztec priests used to invoke visions.” According to world history, obsidian was used extensively by Mesoamericans and Aztecs to make tools, weapons, and mirrors, and has some connections to gods.

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Fans will receive various samples of Latin American culture with the music Wednesday likes to listen to. Not privy to modern technology, she uses an old-fashioned megaphone player. In the first episode she hears a sad version of “La Llorona”. It’s a common Mexican folk song derived from a legend.

The audience may have missed that one little nod to Latin American culture Wednesday Episode 4. During the Rave’N dance, Wednesday lets loose and has fun dancing. But by human means, Wednesday’s dance style is unique and includes different styles. But in a tiny moment, Wednesday dances a little flamenco. The popular dance has its origins among gypsies in southern Spain.

The Latin American influences in the Netflix series don’t end there. In the fifth episode, Wednesday delves deeper into the mystery that plagued her parents 25 years ago. After her father’s arrest, she seeks the truth from her mother. In Nightshade Cave, Morticia reveals that the club used to be much more. It was originally created by Gomez’ (Luis Guzman) ancestors from Mexico. The ancestor is Goody Addams, one of the first settlers in America.

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But fans may notice another example of Latin at the beginning of the episode. When the Addams family comes to Nevermore for Parents’ Weekend, Pugsley munches on a special treat. The yellow cane and bright red tip are distinguishable to those of Hispanic culture. Pugsley eats a Flautirriko Tarugos Tamarindo. It’s a typical Tamarind Candy Stick in Mexico. The unique treat is a mixture of slightly sweet and salty spices.

The macabre goth family is no stranger to a few altars, butcher knives, and inexplicable objects in their home. But in Wednesday In episode 6, the audience gets another sample of Latin American culture, preferably Mexican culture. While Wednesday and her two friends are investigating the Gates mansion, she finds a secret compartment. Behind is an altar with a portrait of Crackstone.

Scared, Enid (Emma Myers) sarcastically asks which family doesn’t have a secret altar in their library. But Wednesday replies: “Ours is in the living room. More seating for the year-old Dia de Los Muertos.”

Netflix Wednesday did an excellent and subtle job of incorporating the character’s Latin roots and her appreciation for her. Let’s hope it continues in one Wednesday Season 2.

Wednesday can be streamed on Netflix.

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