Saturday, November 01, 2008

Dia De Los Muertos

Celebrated originally by Mayans, Toltecs, and Aztecs, this form of ancestor worship is carried on by Mexicans and those of Mexican descent today, in conjunction with All Saint's and All Soul's day. Grave gifts are left for relatives who have died. Favorite foods, sugar skulls, and drink are left on makeshift altars to welcome the family's dead.

Happy Day of the Dead!!


At 3:41 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

that has a western look to it.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Right you are LL!! We are in the SW after all!

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Fuff said...

Irish tradition too I think. Celtic festival of Soween.
That cactus looks rather phallic too, maybe a bit of Greek influence to boot?

At 7:56 PM, Blogger TROLL said...

I liked the 7 principles.

At 3:27 AM, Blogger foam said...

so, like many places in the world ..
christianity couldn't quite get rid of the old customs ..
so, christianity adopted those old customs and made them christian ..

At 8:18 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

fuff: The Spanish brought Catholicism when they pillaged the Aztecs - the Indians were forced to become Christian, the priests even burned the old Aztec religious codecs, but many of the natives combined their former beliefs with the ones forced on them by the Christians. The interesting part is today we are fighting Muslim extremists that are attempting to force their beliefs on other cultures. Just goes to show the history of Christianity has some very dark chapters.

Troll: Keep that in mind when you vote.

Foam:Even to the point of adopting pagan customs such as the Christmas tree. The Christians weren't able to beat or torture all the old way out of people.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

And happy Samhain too. :)

At 5:36 AM, Blogger dianne said...

Happy Samhain dear Phos. ♥ :)


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