Monday 26 May 2008
El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebrations - Mexico
This morning I received an email from a reader of ITLAD who lives in Iceland and is in the process of backpacking round Mexico. I was so interested in the implications of his observation that I have decided to post it for him. He writes:
"I spoke to you a while ago about your theory which I find fascinating. Anyway I am currently backpacking around Mexico and have been reading my copy of lonely planet religiously and noticed that when I was reading about the famous day of the dead celebration that occurs every November it seems to tie in very well with your theory. The festival stems from indigenous beliefs that when you die you relive your life in a parallel world but on this one day in November it is possible for the dead to return in spirit form to this world and they believe this festival eases their passage. You may already know about this but if you don't I thought you might find it interesting and maybe worth researching further. I am going to look into it further when I get back to Iceland. Any way best regards from a keen follower of your blog."
Ari, thank you very much for this. I for one was totally unaware of this parallel. I will be checking it up today. I am sure that we will receive some interesting comments. I look forward to any other obervations you may have.
Could it be that you are our first field-based itladian anthropologist - an itladian Margaret Mead perhaps?