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Calaveras de Azucar: Sugar Skulls and the Day of the Dead — By Lydian Shipp
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Calaveras de Azucar: Sugar Skulls and the Day of the Dead — By Lydian Shipp

Sugar skulls (Calaveras de Azucar) are used to entice the dead to visit the living during Dia de los Muertos in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Sugar is molded into the shape of a skull and then decorated into creative designs. Many of the designs have symbolic meaning. For example, candles within the hollowed out eyes mean remembrance. Cobwebs symbolize death while flowers within the sugar skull ...
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

Writing about traditions that are deeply ingrained in a culture is difficult in part because none of the participants in the tradition really knows or remembers where it originally really came from or why they do what they do to celebrate it. The meaning of the holiday, the holiness, in a sense, becomes lost underneath all the ritual and requirements of the festivities.But still, there's comfort in ...
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

Since we arrived here a week ago, there have been booths and tiendas set up with sugar skulls. Mexico is where Dia de los Muertos originated and so the festivities and traditions surrounding the event still supercede the goings-on of El Cervantino (a festival celebrating Miguel Cervantes and art in general) and the arrival of the Carrera Panamericana cars.Dia de Muertos takes place over the course of ...
Guanajuato, Mexico: Thoreau-Style Walk on Day One
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Guanajuato, Mexico: Thoreau-Style Walk on Day One

At Denver International Airport, before boarding the plane from Denver to Los Angeles, I downloaded a Henry David Thoreau book called Walking. I figured a philosophical slant on things would help keep me balanced. Also, I thought that perhaps reading about walking would help me cope more effectively with being folded up into tight spaces for the ensuing two days (or it would have the opposite effect on me…I ...
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