Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Día de los Muertos: Images of Death and Hope
Día de los Muertos isn't a time to mourn. It is a time to celebrate life after death. On November 1st - All Saints Day - it is the children who are remembered. On Novemeber 2nd - All Souls Day - it is the life of departed adults that is revived in the heart and minds of family, friends and loved ones. Spend two minutes with Teresa Puente, listening to the soul of Mexico while the images of Dia de los Muertos dance before your eyes.
I have been in Mexico for Día de los Muertos celebrations. The iconic imagery of the calavera, or skeleton, also is celebrated in the United States. This slideshow I created in memory of los muertos includes photos from Mexico, Chicago and New York.
(Teresa Puente is a Professor of Journalism at Columbia College in Chicago. This is a modified version of Teresa's original story that first first appeared on her Chicanisima blog. The content of Día de los Muertos: Images of Death and Hope is used with the author's permission. All images are copyright Ms. Puente except where noted. Ms. Puente also encourages Latina women to write and publish their stories in Latina Voices.)