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Day of the Dead: When Two Worlds Meet in Oaxaca
The Day of the Dead is the most important annual celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico. Skillfully combining textual information and photographic imagery, this book begins with a discussion of the people of Oaxaca, their way of life, and their way of looking at the world. It then takes the reader through the celebration from the preparations that can begin months in advance throug ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 30th 2004 by Berghahn Books
(first published July 2004)
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The book was not what I was hoping for, but it was still a very good read. I was interested in learning about the history of the festival, explanation of the symbolism, effects of Western influences, etc. This was more of an anthropological study (or, more specifically, ethnography, as I learned from another review) of how Oaxaca celebrates the Day of the Dead. What I was interested in was mostly crammed into the final chapter. Regardless, there is still a lot of excellent information throughout ...more
Short, easy to read ethnography on a beautiful holiday. Gives attention to gender relations. The ending paragraphs seem to contradict each other (poor editing?) and are a bit depressing. To think most of the younger generation does not to value the holiday anymore...