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Skulls to the living, bread to the dead : the Day of the Dead in Mexico and beyond

By: Brandes, Stanley

1405152486 / 9781405152488
Paperback
15/12/2006
Stock expected by 18/04/2021
United Kingdom
264 p. : ill.
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Each October, as the Day of the Dead draws near, Mexican markets overflow with decorated breads, fanciful paper cutouts, and whimsical toy skulls and skeletons.

To honor deceased relatives, Mexicans decorate graves and erect home alters.

Drawing on a rich array of historical and ethnographic evidence, this volume reveals the origin and changing character of this celebrated holiday.

It explores the emergence of the Day of the Dead as a symbol of Mexican and Mexican American national identity. "Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead" poses a serious challenge to the widespread stereotype of the morbid Mexican, unafraid of death and obsessed with dying.

In fact, the Day of the Dead, as shown here, is a powerful affirmation of life and creativity.

Beautifully illustrated, this book is essential for anyone interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore as well as contemporary globalization and identity formation.

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