Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead

More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death.  It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years. A ritual the Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate.

It is the ritual that we know today as Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

But unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life.  Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake.

Today we take a look at the beliefs and rituals of the natives who wouldn’t let Día de los Muertos die.

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