Day of the Dead: understanding, preparations & purpose
recorded class. Day of the Dead: understanding, preparations & purpose; a recorded class taught by Nanu Pagan. $35.
The Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is an ever-evolving holiday that traces its earliest roots to the Aztec people in what is now central Mexico. The Aztecs used skulls to honor the dead a millennium before the Day of the Dead celebrations emerged. Skulls, like the ones once placed on Aztec temples, remain a key symbol in a tradition that has continued for more than six centuries in the annual celebration to honor and commune with those who have passed on.
The passing of our loved ones is a difficult experience and cultures around the world handle this process differently. One of the ways of relating to death is via the ceremonies and celebrations of “Dia de los Muertos”, or Day of the Dead. While different cultures honor their Ancestors differently, there are also many similarities. This class will discuss some of these cultural variations, the purpose of these practices as well as offer suggestions on how you too can honor your own dearly departed.