|Cemetery decorated for Dia de los Muertos, Romerillo, Chiapas|
Each region of Mexico contributes its own specific beliefs and customs to this pan-Mexican holiday. Our odyssey, here, begins in Chiapas, Mexico with its unique contribution of pre-Columbian Maya beliefs and customs. The green crosses in the photo above are typical of Maya areas and have a local meaning and symbolism beyond that of the Christian cross. In Romerillo Chiapas, people place boards over graves so that the dead during the year, so they cannot leave them and wander around before Dia de los Muertos.
|Grave in Cemetery of Romerillo, Chiapas|
|Dia de los Muertos, Cemetery San Juan Chamula, Chiapas|
A second video is of the celebration in the beautiful cemetery of Romerillo shown in two of the photos above.
The third video is of the Panthéon (cemetery) of Cristöbal de las Casas. Cemeteries are hubs of activities during Dia de los Muertos and this video captures the beauty and poignancy of the celebration.
Here are two videos shot in the Spanish missions of San Antonio, Texas, which was once a part of colonial Mexico. They show the unique blending of indigenous American and Mexican-Christian elements in this Dia de los Muertos celebration.
|Dia de los Muertos revelers, Oaxaca|
Oaxaca is justifiably famous for its celebration of Dia de los Muertos. People painted as skeletons, portraying La Catrina the icon of Dia de los Muertos, are everywhere. Is this all fun and games? No, there is a much deeper level to all the rollicking activity, as you will learn here:
|Open Grave in Cemetery of Pomuch, Campeche|
It's a little shocking, at first, but fascinating.
Mexico is wonderful any time of the year. During Dia de los Muertos it is most itself with its essential nature, the unique blending of indigenous and Christian elements, shining through.