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Friday, November 2, 2012

Dia de los Muertos

I did not get a new ofrenda made this year, but this one is always in a place of honor in our home.  I originally made it to remember my dear friend Tom.  I think he likes it.  He's never come back to tell me he doesn't & he has visited me to tell me he hates one of my lamps...decorating advice from the Beyond.
 
Growing up in WASP headquarters in Parma, OH, I had never heard of Dia de los Muertos.  Death was a very very sad occasion...mourned and commemorated by weekly visits with my parents to my Grandma's grave.  My Mom was always so very sad, standing there crying at her Mom's grave.  I never got it...I didn't need to go to the gravesite to remember my dear Grandma.
 
I much prefer the Mexican culture's view of death.  Death is a part of life.  It is inevitible.  And rather than mourn lives of loved ones who have moved on, their lives should be celebrated & remembered. 
 
"Life and death are not contrary worlds.  We are a single stem with two twin flowers."
~ Juan Rulfo

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely ofrenda - of course Tom likes it!

    I agree with you - death is a part of life and we should remember those who've gone ahead with joy and love instead of grief.

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