Día De Los Muertos: A Cultural Analysis

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This article covers how traditions impacted Mexico’s holiday of Día de los Muertos. In addition, the article goes in depth as to how Day of The Dead branched off of Mesoamerica and is celebrated throughout the world. The holiday being revered in all of Mexican (area where majority of celebrations occur) culture gives insight as to what factors influenced current celebrations. One such example is how the ceremonies of the early Mesoamericans often included the pagan tradition of a celebration with cemeteries. According to Austin Robbins “Día De Los Muertos Comes Alive at Visiting Artist Lecture” article this unique blend of the two civilizations resulted in what is now modern day Mexican beliefs, morals and most essentially their development. Furthermore, the history behind modern festivities of Day of the Dead is depicted.…show more content…
It takes place from November 1st to November 2nd and is commemorated by people all around the world. Day of the Dead dates back to the early spiritual traditions of Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and Toltec. As stated in Austin Robbin’s, “Día De Los Muertos Comes Alive at Visiting Artist Lecture” the imagery associated with Día de Los Muertos has its roots in a period of European history when death was a grand aspect of daily life. The pandemic in Europe during the Middle Ages known as the Black Death eradicated millions of people. This confrontation with death led to the representation of art depicting deceased. What is observable in current practices is the outcome of centuries worth of
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