Friday, October 10, 2008

Skeletons for Sale

As the Day of the Dead Festival approaches ever closer, street vendors start to take on a more morbid and macabre appearence, as their stalls get stacked with grinning skulls and life-size papier-mache skeletons.

Skeletal iconography, indeed, manifests itself in a whole gamut of candy coffins, sugar skulls, ceramic catrinas, and chocolate cadavres. Such skeletal imagery is such a common sight on the streets of Mexico City, that it is just naturally integrated into the rhythms of the place.

In fact, there is nothing morbid or macabre about it. Death is simply accepted as part of Life.

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