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The Skeleton At the Feast

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Publisher Comments:

A handsome addition to the recent literature on this Mexican phenomenon.... The photographs are magnificent.... This volume makes a valuable contribution to the study of both Mexican popular culture and the folk art it has produced. It may also be timely, as one of the interviewees laments the way U.S. Halloween customs are supplanting some of the traditional celebrations in urban centers such as Monterrey and the Federal District. — Hispanic American Historical Review

All over Mexico, early in November, families gather to welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. The smells of burning copal incense and pungent cempasu chil (marigolds) mingle with the aromas of fresh bread, new clothing, sweets, and candles. One of Mexico's most important festivals since prehispanic times, the Day of the Dead is an occasion for celebrating and feasting, cleaning and decorating graves, dancing and making music.

In this unique work, the authors explore both the historic origins of this holiday and its colorful present-day celebrations in Mexico and the United States. Interviews with Mexican artists and crafters who provide goods for the festival-- from personalized sugar skulls to gigantic papier-ma che skeletons-- offer a fascinating glimpse into traditional and contemporary attitudes toward death and the dead.

Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, The Skeleton at the Feast will be required reading for all who are interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore.

Book News Annotation:

Lavishly illustrated with color and b&w photographs of scenes and artifacts, explores both the current and historical celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico and the US. Much attention is paid to the artisans who make pieces for the festival. Includes a glossary without pronunciations.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

All over Mexico, early in November, families gather to welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. The smells of burning copal incense and pungent cempasuchil (marigolds) mingle with the aromas of fresh bread, new clothing, sweets, and candles. One of Mexico's most important festivals since prehispanic times, the Day of the Dead is an occasion for celebrating and feasting, cleaning and decorating graves, dancing and making music.

In this unique work, the authors explore both the historic origins of this holiday and its colorful present-day celebrations in Mexico and the United States. Interviews with Mexican artists and crafters who provide goods for the festival--from personalized sugar skulls to gigantic papier-mache skeletons--offer a fascinating glimpse into traditional and contemporary attitudes toward death and the dead.

Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, The Skeleton at the Feast will be required reading for all who are interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-155) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292776586
Subtitle:
(the Day of the Dead in Mexico )
With:
Carmichael, Elizabeth
Author:
Sayer, Chloe
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Holidays (non religious)
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
All Souls' Day
Subject:
Holidays - Christian
Subject:
Dead
Subject:
Dead -- Folklore.
Subject:
Folk festivals.
Subject:
All Saints' Day.
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st University of Texas Press ed.
Series Volume:
Bd. 2
Publication Date:
1997
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160 p., 32 p. of plates
Dimensions:
10.84x8.71x.60 in. 1.66 lbs.

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Product details 160 p., 32 p. of plates pages University of Texas Press - English 9780292776586 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , All over Mexico, early in November, families gather to welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. The smells of burning copal incense and pungent cempasuchil (marigolds) mingle with the aromas of fresh bread, new clothing, sweets, and candles. One of Mexico's most important festivals since prehispanic times, the Day of the Dead is an occasion for celebrating and feasting, cleaning and decorating graves, dancing and making music.

In this unique work, the authors explore both the historic origins of this holiday and its colorful present-day celebrations in Mexico and the United States. Interviews with Mexican artists and crafters who provide goods for the festival--from personalized sugar skulls to gigantic papier-mache skeletons--offer a fascinating glimpse into traditional and contemporary attitudes toward death and the dead.

Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, The Skeleton at the Feast will be required reading for all who are interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore.

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