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Day of the death

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on 1 October 2014

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Transcript of Day of the death

Roots
Día de los Muertos
"First of all, it is not a sad day to mourn for the loved ones that are not among us anymore and it is
not
something to be "
scared
" of. But it is
neither
a “
party
”. It is a day full of tradition and hope when we honour the dead."


I came for all of you, but first listen to my story
(Day of the dead)
Celebration
But Sofia, he is so handsome! He moves my SKELETON!
What it is, what it isn't
In a few words...
The day of the dead focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
From the 31st of October to the 2nd of November.
All across México.
"Remembering them is how they become eternal..."
At least I
found a handsome skeleton who will take me home.
Thank you!
Calaveras
Calaveras are satirical poems recited for the Day of the Dead .  They’re imaginary obituaries announcing fake deaths of people or to poke fun at people who are very much alive.  Often the people being satirized are politicians, people in power, famous or friends and family. 
Calaveras point out that we all end up in the same place in the end.
Calaveras
Their origins date from the XIX century . They gave the means to express freely ideas and feelings that were dangerous to expose in other context.
The Young Researcher
Jorge Iván was found working in his office
When a skeleton appeared and said: "What's this? What's this?
The people are researching. What joy! ¡What joy!"
The skeleton saw Jorge's sad face and asked:
"Why so sad? Why so sad?!"
Jorge Iván replied: "My tuition fees are too high!"
Thinking and calculating the skeleton was, when it said: "Come, come my young researcher to the cementery, where you can study for free."
13 heavens
9 underworlds
Tlalticpac
Roads to the underworlds
"Alegoria de la Muerte", Tomas Mondragon,1856.
"Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central", Diego Rivera, 1947.
The Altar
The Skulls
Plaster
Sugar
Chocolate
Guide for the spirits to this world
Cempasuchil
The Flowers
Earth
White Flowers
Heaven
Purple Flowers
Mourning
The bread of the dead
The dead are also hungry, but what we like the best is to have a nice dinner with the family!
Fruit
The Paper
Cross of salt
Conception of life and death
"La calavera catrina", Jose Guadalupe Posada, 1910
"Don't Forget me", Jose Guadalupe Posadas, 1866.
London cyclists
If death is a joke, then what is life?
"A Jig Beyond the Grave", Jose Guadalupe Posada, 1866
"This is about Don Quixote the First, the Unparalleled Giant Skull", Jose Guadalupe Posada, 1895.
"Calavera of the Cyclist", Jose Guadalupe Posadas, 1889
Photo by: M.A. Pacheco/Raices
Photo by: M.A. Pacheco/Raices
Photo by: M.A. Pacheco/Raices
"La muerte en Mexico", Arquelogia Mexicana, Edicion Especial 52, Nov 2013, Mexico city.
Jose Guadalupe Posadas
Jose Guadalupe Posadas
Jose Guadalupe Posadas
Mictlantecuhtli, “lord of the place of the dead", god of the underworld.
Mictlantecuhtli
Photo by: M.A. Pacheco/Raices
Mole
Tamales
Tamales are a metaphor of the dead:
The leaves covering the tamal play the role of the coffin.
The corn is the body of the dead.
The sauces resembles the blood and other fluids in the body: "From all the sauces the most representative is the Mole..."
The meaning of Tamal
The Photos
"Remember your love ones, their are your contacts in the after life..."
Do you remember what they like?
I do!
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