Monday, February 22, 2010
Word of the Day: Palenque
Palenque can mean any number of things in Spanish, from a fence post (or tethering post) to a cockfight. My first exposure to the word was when I was studying slavery in the New World, in which context it means a society of marooned (escaped) slaves.
In Costa Rica, however, palenque is almost exclusively reserved as a generic term for indigenous reservations.
In Costa Rica:
Palenque = reserva indígena