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Day of the Dead

pages 46-64
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Amalia Diaz

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead
pages 47-64
By Esmeralda Diaz Why Mexican's have "fiestas"? To reconcile with the prsent, Future, and the past of secret Mexico.
The fiestas are a prove of health, a show of abundance's and power.
Fiestas make up for poverty and misery of Mexico.
They are there luxury that replaces vacations, cocktail parties, and bourgeosis reception.
Mexicans have fiestas to open out they whistle, shout, drink, fight, and even sing and play music. Important Days that Mexico has Fiestas The life of every city and villages are ruled by a patron saint whose blessing is celebrated with devout regularity. Every year they do a fiesta in honor of the saints.
The night of september 15 Independence day they celebrate with a fiesta.
The day of the dead is also celebrated with a fiesta. What is a Fiesta? A fiesta is a revolution in the most literal sense of the word.
Everything is united: good and evil, day and night,the sacred and teh profan.
The fiestas are a cosmic experiment, an experiment is disorder, reuniting contradictory elements and principles in order to bring about a renascence of life. Ritual death promotes a rebirth.
Mexicans fiestas are explosions.
Life and death, joy and sorrow, music and mere noise are united, not to re-create or recognize themselves, but to swallow each other up. Believes in the Mexican culture about death Death is a mirror which reflects the vain gesticulations of the living.
Death defines life; a death depicts a life in immutable forms; we do not change execept to disappear.
Death illuminates there lifes.
Death, like life, is not transferable.
They believe that if we do not die as we live, it is because the life we lived was not really ours.
They also believe that just buy knowing how you died they will know how you were in your life. The opposite between life and death in ancient Mexico Life extended into death, and vice versa.
Death was not the natural end of life but one phase of an infinite cycle.
Life, death and resurrection were stages of a cosmic process which repeated itself continuously.
Life had no higher function than to flow into death, its opposite and complement; and death, in turn was not an end in itself.
Indigenous ancestors believed that everything was examined to determine, from birth, the life and death of each man. His social class, the year, the place, the day, the hour.
To be born on a certain day was to pertain to a place, a time, a color and a destiny.
Indigenous people in Mexico, believed death was considered the passage to a new life. Modern death in parts of the world Modern death does not have any significance that trancends it or that refers to other values.
It is a natural process and fact of life.
Everything in the modern world functions as if death did not exist.
Nobody thinks about death,, about their own death because nobody lives a personal life.
For example in New york,Paris, and London death is not pronouced because it burns their lips.
Modern death in Mexico They are very familiar with death they joke about it, caresses it, sleep with it, Celebrates it.
It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.
Death is not hidden away.
Mexicans looks at death face to face, with impatience and irony.
Songs, proverbs, fiestas and popular believes show very clearly that the reason death cannot frighten Mexicans because life has cure them of fear.
Mexicans death is the mirror of Mexicans life. The day of the death is celebrated November 2.
The parts of the world that strongly celebrates is in Guatemala, Mexico, en Central America, Bolivia, an in South America because indigenous culture is still very strong in those part of the world.
The two very special places were the day of the death is celebrated are Mixquic, a small town in Mexico city and in Janitzio, a charming little island in the state of Michoacan. The reason why they celebrate in big in Michuacan is because the first in habitants of Michoacan, the state where Janitzio is located, thought that because of the extrodings beuty of this lake, it was the door to heaven and they through it was were the gods use to come down to the earth and take the deseased.
The day of the death is celebrated by making an altar with traditional dishes particularly the favorite of the deceased. Cempasochil flowers are also placed on the altar and most of the time they are grown by the family members. This represents that they believe that by doing so it's more appropriate for their offerings. On the altar you can aslo put Skulls, decorate pastries, candles pictures of the deceased, and a very special desert made of pumking and sugar. You can't miss the bread for the day of the death it is a very hard bread that represents teardrops.
At night they also dance the dance of the old man. In pre-hispanic times this dance was performed as a ritual honoring to the sun.
The women and children ring bells at night to bring the souls back to enjoy there ceremony that has been prepared for them. When and where is the day of the death celebrated Questions? What do you think about death?
Was anybody familiar with the day of the death?
Anything else you would like to know about the day of the death?
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