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The Day of the Dead Origin -Traced back to Aztec, Maya, P'urhépecha, Nahua, and Totonac. -For almost 3000 years these civilizations have been observed celebrating the lives of their ancestors. -Before the Spanish conquistadors invaded, the indigenous people would often keep skulls as “trophies” which symbolized death and rebirth. -The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico, there are other similar festivals in other parts of the world. What does it mean? -November 1 st is All Saints’ Day and November 2 nd is All Souls’ Day -Most prominently celebrated in Mexico where it is a national holiday. -Celebration is in honor of Catrina, who is the lady of the dead. -The main emphasis is to celebrate and honor the lives of the deceased and celebrate the continuation of life. -The belief is not that death is the end, but rather is the beginning of a new stage in life. How the Mexicans do it -Between October 31 and November 2 families decorate and clean the graves of the deceased. -The families put offerings on the graves which usually consist of orange marigolds. -The Orange Marigolds are thought to attract the souls of the dead. -Toys are put on the graves of the children or angelitos (little angels). -Graves of adults are adorned with tequila, mezcal, pulque or atole. -Families also put ofrendas in homes so that the dead will come into their home.
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course ML 260 taught by Professor Buchanan during the Spring '07 term at University of Louisville.

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