Argentina Travel – With Argentine people, Gaucho is associated with the image of folk heroes, expressing freedom and strength.
Argentina is known as a country of serene beauty with excellent beef, a richness of the wine, or charming Tango dance. But it would be flawed if we did not mention Gaucho – folk “heroes”, symbols of the Argentine culture.
Gaucho is an image of a cowboy boy wearing a healthy outfit, sitting on horseback and traveling around the Argentine wilderness.
This image is specially developed and widely popular from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century in Argentina and they have a profound influence on the culture of this country.
In Spanish, Gaucho means cowboy. Gaucho was created by a group of boys from Spain who married the Aboriginal girls here around the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries. These are all lovers of nomadic life and working as shepherds.
In the middle of the eighteenth century, British, Dutch, French and Portuguese merchants invested a large amount of capital into the business of animal and animal fats in the border area around Buenos Aires. At this time, Gaucho became “flourishing”.
The Gaucho was initially tasked with taking care of a large herd of horses or cattle that roamed the meadows, avoiding them from being threatened by evil animals. But it is not possible that many people confuse Gaucho like today’s cattle farmers. With the Argentine, Gaucho is regarded as a decent occupation and carries a more wild image.
In addition to “tending” the cattle, Gaucho is also a real hunter. The cows will be cut to eat, the skin and the fat are sold. At that time, there was no refrigerator and salt to marinate, so Gaucho used the materials available to exchange for alcohol, cigarettes and even mates to satisfy his needs.
With Gaucho, their lives are extremely interesting when they have fun with horses, free to hunt every day. But Gaucho is an eternal “wanderer” when they wandered around with his horse. Gaucho even brought his possessions on horseback and traveled all over the place.
Attached to the image of freedom and strength, Gaucho is not only a fixed group of people but it has become a symbol of a typical Argentinian lifestyle.
Gaucho is associated with the image of freedom and strength.
With that beauty, Gaucho is seen as a typical icon in folktales and later famous literary works of Argentina. It is easy to see the free-roaming Gaucho guys, along with the horse, uninterested in the law and bravely fighting the bad guys in Argentina’s literary works.
Gaucho so that comes into legend as the symbol of the Argentine man. They become heroes with great strength, courage, and honor.
With such an image, many people are easily mistaken and assume that Gaucho is like the famous cowboys of North America. However, it is a false statement.
If American cowboys attached to a pistol, Gaucho considered the knife an integral part. There are also recognizable differences in colors and materials such as and the characteristic weapon of Gaucho.
After many wars and social changes, there was a time when Gaucho disappeared from Argentine society. Not many people return to the harsh migrant life of a Gaucho. However, by the end of the nineteenth century, when “confronted” with a large influx of immigrants from Europe, the people of Argentina changed.
The original Argentine generation felt the need to strengthen their sense of national identity and they chose Gaucho as one of the country’s main symbols.
Today, the number of true Gaucho in the country is not much. Most of them are the people who still work hard to protect the representative image of their country, and who love the freedom and comfort of the countryside.
Besides, every year there are many festivals to remind and celebrate the beauty of Argentina’s iconic lifestyle – typically the Gaucho festival which takes place in November every year.