The origins of the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico predate the arrival of the Spanish. There are records of Mexican ethnic celebrations, Maya, Purepecha and Totonac.The rituals that celebrate the life of the ancestors in these civilizations are made from at least three thousand years ago. In the pre-Hispanic era it was common practice to keep skulls as trophiesand display them during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.
The festival that became the Day of the Dead marked the ninth month of the Aztec solar calendar, near the beginning of August, andwas celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were presided over by the goddess Mictecacíhuatl, known as the "Lady Death" (currently related to "Catrina", José Guadalupe Posada character) andwife Mictlantecuhtli, Lord of the land of the dead. The festivities were dedicated to the celebration of children and the lives of deceased relatives.
Life and death are an iconic symbol that hascaused admiration, fear and uncertainty to humans throughout history. For many years, different cultures have generated beliefs about death that have successfully developed a series of rituals andtraditions either to worship, honor, frighten and even to mock her. Mexico is a country rich in culture and traditions, one of the main aspects that make up their identity as a nation is the concept we...
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