Cinco de Mayo



   Believe it or not there is a Protestant type, or anti-catholic heritage in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is one of them.

    "Dispute between Mexican liberals and conservatives led to Civil War (known as the Reform War) between 1857 and 1860.  They wanted to end the influence of the Roman Catholic Church in economic and political affairs. 

    "The Mexican Congress elected the liberal leader Benito Pablo Juarez, a Zapotec Indian, president in 1858.  The Conservatives [the bad guys] drove Juarez out of Mexico City, and he established a national government at Veracruz.  The United States recognized Juarez's government in 1859.  The liberal forces defeated the conservatives in 1860 after heavy fighting, and Juarez returned to Mexico City.  He tried to improve the economic conditions of the people and to lessen the political strength of the Roman Catholic Church.  Vast church lands and properties were taken over by the government."  The World Book Encyclopedia 1960

    Several countries were looking to the United States as a model for government, one of these was Mexico in the 1850's and 1860's.

    Benito Juarez appreciated the American Doctrine of separation of church and state, he was not sympathetic to the Catholic church.

    During the Civil War in the Separated States, Mexico was going through its own struggles for freedom.  Dr. Rivera Ex-Jesuit Priest said that . . . "The Master plan for the fall of the United States was underway in the Vatican.  The Jesuits and Pope Pius IX were preparing to send French troops into Mexico under Maximilion to back the South when the Civil War began."

    The French troops landed at Veracruz in December 1861.  It was May the 5th (Cinco de Mayo) 1862 when the rag tag Mexican army resisted tyranny.  The Mexican army was out numbered 2,000 to 7,000.  That day the Mexican army defeated the well trained regulars of the French troops. 

    As the story went on, the French troops entered the capital of Mexico in 1864 and proclaimed an empire under Maximilion.  However in 1867, after the Civil War in the United States, they were compelled to evacuate the country, the empire was overthrown, Maximilion was shot and Juarez was restored to power.

    Today Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo in honor of that heroic event, when little did much.  When the Catholic power was put to flight.

    In Cinco de Mayo traditional songs you might hear what sounds like a  "yipee" or "yahoo", an exclamation of the ultimate state of good feeling.  It originally developed from a battle cry.  It is believed that some honest student of Scripture tried to discern the sacred name of the Creator, perhaps even read the writings of Raymundus Martini, a Spanish monk who wrote the sacred name as Yohoua in his work Pugio fidei (Daggar of Faith) from 1278, and taught the Mexican army to shout the sacred name of the Creator, as David wrote, "in the name of YAHUWAH will I destroy them." Psalm 118:10, 11, 12, which they understood was "Yajua" (pronounced Yahuah) a perfect Latin transliteration of the Hebrew original YAHUWAH. 

    Lest this knowledge should get out, it was altered to  "ajua", but  cowboys to this day, still shout  "yahoo" after sweet victory, which is very near the first part of the sacred name of the Creator, which many take in vain, and use the wrong way, which the third commandment forbids.    

    Cinco de Mayo, when a few did great things!