In the place of the nine waters
One of the most representative places in the region is Chignahuapan, which in pre-Hispanic times was dominated by the Totonac culture around the XNUMXth - XNUMXth centuries BC and later became a sacred place where the Chichimecas worshiped Mixcóatl, the god of the rain, giver of life and the fertility of the crops, which fostered other settlements of Nahua, Otomi and Tepehuas peoples.
In 1527 Santiago Chiquinauitle ("nine eyes of water"), a colonial antecedent of Chignahuapan, was founded, which according to its etymological roots: atl, "water" and the suffix bread, "over", means "over the nine waters". As in other towns, the Franciscan order was in charge of congregating and evangelizing the indigenous people, becoming an outstanding nucleus of settlement, commercial exchange, and dissemination of Christian worship in the region.
In 1874 it was named Villa de Chignahuapan and in the Porfiriato it consolidated its position as a mercantile center, for crafts and agricultural production. Throughout the XNUMXth century, it was incorporated into economic modernity with the provision of infrastructure works such as roads, hydroelectric dams and manufacturing.
The art of cooking has some classic dishes in Chignahuapan such as barbecueand sheep mixiotesaccompanied by tortillas, rice and beans from the pot and the snake rabbit; in season the escamolesor ant larvae seasoned with garlic, pepper, and other spices; soupy stewswith chicken meat and vegetables from the region, varieties of coffee, Some fruit wines, the cheese stuffed breadfor its neighborhood with Zacatlán and a diversity of sweetsmade with pumpkin seeds, which are similar to those that were created in the female convents of the capital of Puebla.