Written in English and Spanish, this fourth book in the series explores the regional variations of Day of the Dead in the interior of Mexico. Mary Andrade’s award-winning writing and photography transports us to Mexico and makes us visitors at this historic festival.
The book includes essays and over 140 color photographs portraying the way the dead are honored, starting with the buying of food, candles, incense, and flowers in the market place to the preparation of the special dishes placed as offerings on the altars and arches of Xantolo.
The book captures the similarities and differences of the celebrations in Puebla, Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosi, and Hidalgo. Architect Concha Nava of San Luis Potosi comments about this tradition: “For the Huastecan people, celebrating the dead is celebrating life. According to their beliefs, the best way of explaining their preocupation with life is through existence of the cult of dead.”
Choreographer and Dance Anthopologist, Elena Robles, writes,“Many indigenous communities still believe that the souls of the dead are granted the right to return to their origins for a visit each year to celebrate a family reunion for several days in November. The season is richly punctuated with traditional dances and music, some more contemporary in nature and others of ancient roots.”
The book includes several poems by Spanish poet Julie Sopetran.
Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico ~ Puebla, Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo ~
Paperback, 143 pages
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