HistoryLived photos!! We were at Gambler500 -Oregon2018
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For my contribution to the Gambler500 2018 Oregon blog I volunteered to write about Dia De Muerto as our team theme was this holiday for our group.
My employer at the time was selling one of their coaches (hearse) and Miss M made the first offer on it specifically for rallying. Photos
If you are like me you’ve seen the style of art and costumes around for Dia De Muerto but haven’t participated in one. Catrina for girls and Catrin for boys.
Where to begin then? Find someone who has! My brother was at out last HistoryLived meeting and referred me to his school buddy who had grown up in Mexico.
A couple weeks later, in a good local pho restaurant and I’m sitting across from someone who grew up with “Day Of Dead” as part of their culture. He said that there is no “the”, it’s just Day Of Dead, our north American society added in the, “Day Of ‘THE’ Dead.” Which is the only way I had heard it named until now. So much to learn.
Food, let’s talk about food. There is a bread that is traditionally made called Bread Of Dead or, “Pan de muerto.”
Me: So how should I refer to you in the blog or would you like to stay anonymous?
Him: (chuckling) Well, I’m always anonymous.
Him/Mr Anonymous: I dip the bread in hot chocolate or coffee. You are suppose to offer it to the dead too.
Mr Anonymous had successfully found a bakery in November that was making it. Seattle Pan de muerto and it was being sold for $1 at Dia De Muertos celebration at the Seattle Center which he had attended. “I wanted to see the alters.”
Me: Are there some items that are essential to the alters?
Mr Anonymous: Yes, those yellow and orange flowers… Merium?
Mr Anonymous: yeah Marigolds.
Thought bubble- the prevalence of Marigolds in many cultures is of note with pillar events and holidays. Such as in weddings in India.
One of my favorite parts of this interview was seeing a cell phone video he took of his grandfather’s funeral in Mexico. His grandfather’s casket had a glass top window.
(Gambler video Our camp starting at drone footage 11:12 in! Look for the white hearse.)
November 1st is reserved for the baby’s and November 2nd for everyone else. Mr. Anonymous is from the Michoacan region. He said further inland east they celebrate more days, it’s “more religious” there.
Side note: Mr anonymous said both our US state of Michigan and his region share etymology.
As far as the shrines the photos of the deceased are to be turned around backwards and a mirror placed next to them so that you don’t look at the deceased directly.
If the decedent went to purgatory they get a copper metal portrait. If they went to heaven or hell then they get a normal portrait. The family decides where they went based off of their reputation. Treat your family well!
Me: I watched ‘Coco’ by Pixar and was wondering if the belief system they showed was one you also grew up with. It was; when the living forget about the dead then the dead disappear in the world of the dead. -(?)
Mr Anonymous: No, I never heard of such beliefs. there’s really no world of the dead either. Your can be in 4 places as far as I know.
Heaven, purgatory, hell, or a lost soul wandering the earth.
Mexicans are Christian that’s why they believe that. I think that scene you saw is a metaphor. Once people stop talking about you is like you never existed and so is important to talk about your ancestors
On the Web: Picnics at the Cemetery
In the news: 3D printing in mortuary