axolotl. A mythical Mexican salamander that I jokingly use in my book The Cage of Melan-
choly as an emblem of national identity.
cabildo. A Spanish form of town government by a council of notables.
cacique. A leader or chieftain within a given community or region.
canacintra. Camara ´ Nacional de Industrias de la Tranformacion/National ´ Chamber of
carranclan. A carrancista; specifically, the conservatives within the pri.
caudillo. A strong leader on a regional or national level.
cce. Consejo Coordenador Empresarial/Coordinating Council of Businessmen, a joint lob-
bying group incorporating representatives of major business associations.
Celestina. The main character of an early Spanish novel, who amused herself by arranging and
meddling with the romantic affairs of others; more broadly, a romantic intermediary.
charrazo. The authoritarian legal coup by which a corrupt union boss is put in office.
charro. Literally, a Mexican cowboy; figuratively, a corrupt union boss.
cmhn. Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios/Mexican Businessmen’s Council, an elite
lobbying group with only thirty members.
cobanahuacs. ´ Leader of the Yaqui people.
cocopa. Comision ´ de Concordia y Pacificacion/Commission ´ for Concord and Pacification,
a nongovernmental organization, supported by the ezln, which negotiated a peace agree-
ment with the government that became the basis of new laws on indigenous rights consid-
ered by the Mexican Congress.
coparmex. Confederacion ´ Patronal de la Republica ´ Mexicana/Employers’ Confederation of
the Mexican Republic, a broad-based business organization.
corregidor. A Spanish colonial magistrate.
cronopio. A mythical being invented by Julio Cortazar; ´ roughly speaking, cronopios are intu-
itive, effusive, spontaneous, expansive, temperamental, and disorganized. See also fama.
dismothernity. A play on the disorder of modernity.
ejido. A parcel of land collectively held by a community; securing and developing ejidos have
been a central concern and rhetorical claim of agrarian reform in Mexico, especially since
the Cardenas ´ administration (1934–1940).