Day of the Dead in Yucatan is known as Hanal Pixan, which signifies the soul’s path through the essence of food.
Mary visited the capital and several towns in 2001. Through more than a hundred photographs, the author presents the Day of the Dead celebration specific to Yucatan. For example, at homes, family members wait for the souls next to altars, where they place offerings of unique dishes like mucbil chicken, which is “cooked in the womb of Mother Earth.” That is, this special dish is cooked in a pit underground.
Anthropologist, Miguel Angel Vergara, sees the wonderful symbolism of this regional dish and considers it a centerpiece of veneration and conviviality. He says, “The substance, baked by Mother Earth, is that essence of humanity transformed into food. For that reason, mucbil chicken, also known as pib or tamal, is transformed into food for the soul and gives people the opportunity to nourish their bodies and souls.”
The book includes several poems by Spanish poet Julie Sopetran.
Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico – Yucatan
Paperback, 110 pages
Includes tax and shipping.