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The skeleton at the feast : the Day of the Dead in Mexico
Carmichael, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001.

Physical Description:
160 pages, 32 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 28 cm
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"Published in co-operation with British Museum Press." [T.p.]

"Fifth University of Texas Press printing, 2001" [Verso]

Includes explanatory notes and a glossary.
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Central Library GT4995.A4 C37 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Central Library GT4995.A4 C37 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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All over Mexico, early in November, families gather to welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. The smells of burning copal incense and pungent cempas#65533;chil (marigolds) mingle with the aromas of fresh bread, new clothing, sweets, and candles. One of Mexico's most important festivals since prehispanic times, the Day of the Dead is an occasion for celebrating and feasting, cleaning and decorating graves, dancing and making music.

In this unique work, the authors explore both the historic origins of this holiday and its colorful present-day celebrations in Mexico and the United States. Interviews with Mexican artists and crafters who provide goods for the festival--from personalized sugar skulls to gigantic papier-m#65533;ch#65533; skeletons--offer a fascinating glimpse into traditional and contemporary attitudes toward death and the dead.

Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, The Skeleton at the Feast will be required reading for all who are interested in Mexican culture, art, and folklore.

Table of Contents

Map of Mexico
ForewordJohn Mack
Part I The Day of the Dead
The Pre-Hispanic Background
The Spanish Conquest
Travellers' Tales
The Here and Now
Part II Interviews-
Fredy MTndez, La Congregaci=n del Tajfn, State of Veracruz
Juan Simbr=n, La Congregaci=n del Tajfn, State of Veracruz
Froylan Martinez Cuenca, Huaquechula, State of Puebla
Candido Reyes Castillo, Huaquechula, State of Puebla
Luis Vivanco, San Salvador Huixcolotla, State of Puebla
Consuelo Garcia Urrutia, Toluca, State of Mexico
Wenceslao Rivas Contreras, Toluca, State of Mexico
Marfa Antonieta S_nchez de Escamilla, Puebla City
Arsacio Vanegas Arroyo, Mexico City
Victor Fosado V_zquez, formerly Mexico City
Appendix: The Day of the Dead in Mixqui by Elizabeth Baquedano Meza
Notes to Part I
Notes to Part II
List of illustrations

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