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Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead: The Day of the Dead in Mexico and Beyond

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Come the end of October, decorated breads, fanciful paper cutouts, plastic toys playing humorously on the theme of death, and sugar candy skulls and skeletons are evident everywhere throughout Mexico. Then, from October 31 through November 2, Mexicans clean, decorate, and maintain vigil over relatives' graves. Most of the activities and artistic displays connected with this holiday are folk elaborations entirely separate from liturgical requirements. The origin of these folk practices is a source of scholarly and popular debate. What is clear is that the holiday has come to symbolize Mexico and Mexican identity. Within Mexico, it is a key symbol of national identity; in the United States, it symbolizes ethnic identity. Less informed discussions of the Day of the Dead have simply reproduced the popular image of Mexicans as unafraid of death: jocular in confronting mortality or with an intimate relationship to death. This forms an integral part of most portrayals of Mexican national character. In Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead, we learn that the ultimate paradox is that the very holiday responsible for producing a stereotype of the stoic Mexican, longing for death, is actually a powerful affirmation of life and creativity. Brandes examines these themes and others bearing on the ethnographic content and symbolic meanings of this holiday. Beautifully illustrated with both black-and-white and color photographs, this book will be required reading for anyone interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore as well as contemporary globalization and identity politics.

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Christian Nagel is software architect and developer, associate of Thinktecture, who offers training and consulting on how to design and develop Microsoft .NET solutions. He looks back to more than 15 years' experience as a developer and software architect. Christian started his computing career with PDP 11 and VAX/VMS platforms, covering a variety of languages and platforms. Since the year 2000 — when .NET was just a technology preview — he has been working with various .NET technologies to build distributed solutions. With his profound knowledge of Microsoft technologies, he has also written numerous .NET books; is certified as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Solution Developer (MCSD), and Systems Engineer (MCSE); and is Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Visual C#. Christian is a speaker at international conferences (TechED, DevDays, VCDC) and is the regional manager of INETAEurope (International .NET User Group Association) supporting .NET user groups. You can contact Christian via his Web site, http: //www.christiannagel.com and http: //www.thinktecture.com.

Synopsis:

Stanley Brandes’s new book, Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead, challenges the misconception of Mexico’s national fascination with death and instead looks at the unique and elaborate celebrations of life that have become a symbol of the nation.

About the Author

Stanley Brandes received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1974. He is the author of numerous publications on religion, society, and culture in Spain and Mexico, including, most recently, Staying Sober in Mexico City (2002).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Plates.

Acknowledgments.

Part 1 Introduction.

1. The Day of the Dead, Problems and Paradoxes.

Part 2 Historical Foundations.

2. The Sweetness of Death.

3. Skulls and Skeletons.

Part 3 Contemporary Transformations.

4. Tourism and the State.

5. The Poetics of Death.

6. The Day of the Dead and Halloween.

Part 4 North of the Border.

7. Teaching the Day of the Dead.

8. Creativity and Community.

Part 5 Conclusion.

9. Mexican Views of Death.

References.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405152488
Author:
Brandes, Stanley H.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Brandes, Stanley
Subject:
Holidays (non religious)
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
All Souls' Day
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Mexico Social life and customs.
Subject:
All Souls' Day -- Mexico.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.68x6.84x.43 in. 1.11 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Folk Art
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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"Synopsis" by , Christian Nagel is software architect and developer, associate of Thinktecture, who offers training and consulting on how to design and develop Microsoft .NET solutions. He looks back to more than 15 years' experience as a developer and software architect. Christian started his computing career with PDP 11 and VAX/VMS platforms, covering a variety of languages and platforms. Since the year 2000 — when .NET was just a technology preview — he has been working with various .NET technologies to build distributed solutions. With his profound knowledge of Microsoft technologies, he has also written numerous .NET books; is certified as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Solution Developer (MCSD), and Systems Engineer (MCSE); and is Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Visual C#. Christian is a speaker at international conferences (TechED, DevDays, VCDC) and is the regional manager of INETAEurope (International .NET User Group Association) supporting .NET user groups. You can contact Christian via his Web site, http: //www.christiannagel.com and http: //www.thinktecture.com.
"Synopsis" by , Stanley Brandes’s new book, Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead, challenges the misconception of Mexico’s national fascination with death and instead looks at the unique and elaborate celebrations of life that have become a symbol of the nation.
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