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Day of the Dead

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John Gieser

on 26 August 2014

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Transcript of Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead
" Dia de los Muerto"

The HistoricalRoots
"Sugar Skulls"

At the very least, the Day of the Dead ritual is 3,000 years old.
Began in Mexico as an Aztec ritual.
Contrary to some beliefs, Dia de los Muertos or the "Day of the Dead" is not "evil" or "satanic" , but rather an annual way for the living to remember their dead relatives.
It begins on October 31st (Halloween) and runs until the 2nd of November.
Some consider it to be the original beginning of Halloween.
What is 'Dia de los Muertos' or 'Day of the Dead'?

Where does this ritual originate from?

When is it?

What makes it so special amongst the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures and heritages?

What does the ceremonial artwork
look like?

How are WE going to use this as inspiration for OUR art-making??????????
BIG Questions...
What is it and when is it celebrated?
In very early October, local bakers create "Pan de Muerto" or Day of the Day bread adorned with bones and teardrops.
This bread is then either eaten by the living or placed at an altar for the dearly departed.
Towards the last days of October, the squares fill with all types of colorful figures that are associated with death; the most popular are made of molded sugar.
Made of molded sugar
Decorated with floral and cultural patterns that are high in contrast and organic shapes.
The skulls are always "grinning", as if they are laughing at death.
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