El Corazon De La Muerte/Altars and Offerings for Days of the Dead
Chiori SantiagoISBN: 1597140082;
Book DescriptionWith passion, joy, and inclusiveness, the Oakland Museum of California hosts an annual exhibition and celebration of Los Dias de los Muertos?the Days of the Dead?that draws several thousand people from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, after ten years, it is a nationally acclaimed event, a tradition preserved and adapted to new surroundings. Artists and community groups create colorful ofrendas (altars) to commemorate the dead, ranging from whimsical to political to heartbreakingly personal, and musicians and performers lead a procession with costumed calaveras (skeletons), sacred copal smoke, and the ever-present cempoalxochitl (marigold) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead). In side-by-side Spanish and Englishtext, El Corazon de la Muerte offers readers a look inside ancient rituals and new expressions reclaiming the tradition in contemporary times, featuring dazzling full-color photographs of the altars and of the celebrations...
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