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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.
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Each October on the Day of the Dead Mexicans honor their deceased relatives by decorating graves and erecting home alters. This volume reveals the origin and changing character of this celebrated holiday. It poses a serious challenge to the widespread stereotype of the morbid Mexican, unafraid of death and obsessed with dying.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Brandes, Stanley H.
Skulls to the living, bread to the dead.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2006
(DLC) 2006004999
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley H Brandes
ISBN: 9781405178709 1405178701 1280851120 9781280851124
OCLC Number: 299753015
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 217 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
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 --
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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