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View Diary: Kitchen Table Kibitzing 10-22-13:We Sacrificed Another (55 comments)

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  •  I look forward to your diary. (7+ / 0-)

    Ya know, in all the years I've lived here, it was only in the last year I found out that Día de los Muertos was to honor the dead. With all the skulls, I always thought it was some spooky holiday, like Halloween. I understand what it means, but I never took the thought power to put it together. Dumb!!

    •  I totally get that. (6+ / 0-)

      Thing is, DDLM has been co-opted by the larger culture of the Americas, including the US and Canada, but it truly is a Mexican (largely) cultural event. Like all cultural events, you can never really "get" it until you get the cultural context. I know lots of folks in Texas who grew up around it, even some Mexican Americans, who don't see it as more than just a fun halloween type event.

      OTOH I have a student whose family are curanderas (I just found this out last month) and was in their home yesterday looking at the ofrenda they are constructing for the great-great-great grandmother from whom all of their medicina Azteca flows. For the first time I truly got it, and I was humbled.

      I was also humbled by the invitation. They were impressed at my asking their daughter to lecture the class on Quetzalcoatl, whom they worship. Let me be the very first to tell you that Medicine is real. I felt it in my very being and it was both exhilarating and frightening. Just like Quetzalcoatl himself.

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