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Skulls to the living, bread to the dead : [the day of the dead in Mexico and beyond]

Author: Stanley H Brandes
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead poses a serious challenge to the widespread stereotype of the morbid Mexican, unafraid of death, and obsessed with dying. In fact, the Day of the Dead, as shown here, is a powerful affirmation of life and creativity. Beautifully illustrated, this book is essential for anyone interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore as well as contemporary globalization and identity  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley H Brandes
ISBN: 1405152478 1405152486 9781405152471 9781405152488
OCLC Number: 64208213
Notes: Subtitle from cover.
Description: xi, 217 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: List of figures and plates --
Acknowledgments --
pt. 1. Introduction --
1. The day of the dead, problems and paradoxes --
pt. 2. Historical foundations --
2. The sweetness of death --
3. Skulls and skeletons --
pt. 3. Contemporary transformations --
4. Tourism and the state --
5. The poetics of death --
6. The Day of the Dead and Halloween --
pt. 4. North of the border --
7. Teaching the Day of the Dead --
8. Creativity and community --
pt. 5. Conclusion --
9. Mexican views of death --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Stanley Brandes.
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* A fascinating look at the Day of the Dead - Mexico's version of All Souls' Day - when Mexicans clean, decorate, and maintain vigil over relatives' graves. * Dispels myths about the rituals, which  Read more...

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Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2007 "A cogent, attractively presented case study of a single festival in its diverse forms. It provides a lucid account of cultural change and Read more...

 
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