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Literacy is portrayed as being essential to one's success and well-being.

Compadrazgo ("co-godparenthood" or "sponsorship") is found at all levels of Mexican society and in both rural and urban areas.

- It is a device for building economic and social alliances that are more enduring than simple friendship. Furthermore, it has a religious dimension as well as a secular, or everyday, application (informal rules of society).

- The chaos of city life, the hundreds of thousands of migrants uprooted from rural settings, and the sense of isolation and alienation common to city dwellers the world over are in part eased by the Hispanic institution of compadrazgo.

- Compadrazgo performs many functions, including providing assistance from the more powerful to the less powerful and, reciprocally, providing homage from the less powerful to the more powerful (reaches across class lines and knits the various strands of Mexican society together).

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