Muertos, Oaxaca 2015 Nov 1, 2015 5:41:16 GMT
Post by bixaorellana on Nov 1, 2015 5:41:16 GMT
It's time for my thread on Day of the Dead which I've done every year since the beginning of Any Port in a Storm, except for 2010.
I doubt I'll come up with anything new in the way of narrative this year, and by this time you all probably know as much about the holiday as I do. However, it remains a great photo-op, so this will be a rambling, impressionistic thread with some of the standards (lotsa market!) and some random views of Oaxaca thrown in as well.
To begin, I'd like to start by honoring the only difunto we all have in common, putting him front and center on our virtual altar, as it were. As the thread proceeds, I would love it if all of you would feel free to include your own loved ones who are no longer on this earthly plane. That certainly includes beloved animal companions as well as humans. Don't worry about where to put your personal tributes in the thread -- just post them when, where, and how you feel moved to do so, including pictures, songs, or whatever seems appropriate.
There is already a remembrance thread for Henning and Kerouac has made two gorgeous tribute videos from Henning's photos. To make this like a traditional Mexican altar, I'm including one of Henning's own threads full of his favorite things, plus a quote from that thread which I think sums up how we all feel.
1964 -- 2012
I'm writing this Saturday night, October 31. but I started my muertos picture odyssey on Thursday the 29th, at the little market by my house ~
And now in thread time it's yesterday, Friday October 30. I'm going to wend my way downtown and then to the Abastos market.
This is my same little market, but the entrance on the parallel street ~
The Alameda -- the big area in front of the cathedral -- has all kinds of activities going on, including this tent which runs almost the whole length, all the way to the zócalo. There are stands from various publishing houses, but the most striking displays are the photos from the popular uprising of 2006.
History and t-shirts with Posada's famous engravings ~
I've never seen this disconcerting photo before. It's Brad Will on the mortuary slab ~