November 5, 2012 in PvdH's Mexico
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(cultural) weekend. It had been a while (a pretty serious while) since I played tourist in my own city. In fact (as sad as it is to say), visits to the Museo de Antropologia here in Mexico City are pretty much reserved when (fairly special) visitors come to town.
The Museo de Antropologia, however, really is one of the gems of the city. Filled with pre-Hispanic artefacts, (beautiful!) jewellery (et al.)- it is a truly spectacular presentation of the incredibly rich history of our country.
And so, given that I had promised to show you all the ongoing celebrations for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), why not start with a couple of the original (pre-Hispanic) rituals to simbolise death and rebirth. My mom and I took a trip today to the museum and spotted this adorned skull and a bone necklace. Both of which (somehow?!) I find to be rather beautiful in their own way.
october. As Halloween begins to trickle down (or perhaps even swarm) the internet (and everything around us), it dawned upon me that we are well into October already. Time running through my fingers is what I call it.
So while I used to dislike this month during my years in the UK (increased darkness et al.), it is my favourite month here in Mexico. The summer rain has stopped, and the days are just glorious. But most importantly, with the Day of the Dead fast approaching, the country takes on a particular ambience.
Flowers of cempasuchil (marigolds or “flower of the dead”), sugar (and chocolate!) skulls, pan de muerto (bread of the dead #nomnom)… There are too many things to name which make this month simply just special.
So I will do my best to snap around the vibrancy and traditions of el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I leave you here with a picture of a danzante (a dancer), which I took two years ago (roughly) to date. Slightly macabre perhaps, but also an exemplification of our relationship with death- one of respect yes, but also one filled with humour and play.