In Cemeteries on October 31, 2010 at 11:12 am
El Gran Fandango de las Calaveras by Posada
El Dia de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead. A beautiful, delightful and also irreverent dance with death in Mexico.
Picados hung for the holiday
Decorations, flowers, incense, toys, candies- all to welcome back the spirit of the dead loved ones, and also to mock death itself.
Sugar skulls - waiting to have names in icing written on them
The evening of November 2nd is also reserved for decorating graves and lighting them with candles to welcome the spirits of the dead.
Welcoming spirits in the cemetery
And, music at night, and at day
The Violin Player
An important and fun holiday – with a different point of view of what role death plays with us.
Gato by Posada
Cempasuchitl, the marigold, the traditional flower for Day of the Dead - to help guide spirits back to Earth for the day.
In Cemeteries on October 24, 2010 at 10:57 am
Carpenter with his coffin
Unique. Non-standard. Individualized:
For the Ga tribe in coastal Ghana, funerals are a time of mourning, but also of celebration. The Ga people believe that when their loved ones die, they move on into another life — and the Ga make sure they do so in style. They honor their dead with brightly colored coffins that celebrate the way they lived.
A happy rooster
The coffins are designed to represent an aspect of the dead person’s life — such as a car if they were a driver, a fish if their livelihood was the sea — or a sewing machine for a seamstress. They might also symbolize a vice — such as a bottle of beer or a cigarette.
Ghanaian pineapple coffin
Ablade Glover, an artist who works with coffin carpenters in Ghana, says the coffin acts as a home in the afterlife, so it must be beautiful. But he laments that after putting so much time into creating the coffin, it gets hidden underground.
Bolts of fabric as a coffin
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