Monday, November 2, 2015

Sweet Las Calaveras!

Let's talk skulls.
Las calaveras.

Sugar skulls are common adornments on the graves or on the altars of the graves of deceased relatives. Family members spend hours in the cemetery decorating graves, and can spend one to two month's salary on food, flowers, gifts, and decorations!

The skull shape is evidence of their lack of fear of dying, a way of thinking that dates back to the Aztecs. Aztecs were native ethnic groups who have lived in what is known today as Mexico. Some say the sweetness of the sugar skulls balances out the bitterness of death, but when you ask those who have performed these rituals associated with Dias de los Muertos, they tend to agree that death is just part of our existence. It isn't something to be feared, yet at the same time, it's also not something to take lightly. Honoring those who have passed on is a serious responsibility of the living.

Below are some follow-up photos from the first post about Dias de los Muertos, in which we promised to share examples of the completed and decorated homemade sugar skulls/ las calaveras!

A full altar of goodies for those who return to visit.

Close-ups of the decorated calaveras!


Of course, you have to see the tops of the sugar skulls! The
details are beautiful, and these were done by first-timers!

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