Long live the little dead ones

Long live the little dead ones


In Mexico there are more than 90 ways to name the Death. Some are pretty obvious: La Pelona (The Bald), La Huesuda (The Bony), La Apestosa (The Stinking); some oth- ers are very accurate: La Hora de la Hora (The Hour), La Igualadora (The Equalizer), La Descarnada (The Scrawny); some other names are loving ones: La Cuatacha (The Buddy), La Flaca (The Skinny), La China Hilaria; some names are defining: La Cargona (The Loader), La Sega- dora (The Harvester), La Chupona (The Licker), some other express respect in their contempt: La Jijurria, La Fregada, La Chingada (all these names could be associated with the expression ‘The Bitchy’.)

 

A half-caste society, as Mexican society mixes pre-Hispanic and Catholic cults to com- memorate the dead ones. Nowadays it is difficult to determine the exact origin of the different rituals we have, and the exact moment when they made contact with each other and mixed, giving birth to one of the most firmly settled and loved celebrations of the Liturgical Calendar: The Dead’s Day or All Saints’ Day. This is really a three days celebration that includes October 31st and November 1st and 2nd. Specifically November 1st is called La festividad de todos los Santos (All Saints’ Festivity), that is to say, a major party dedicated to the hundreds of men and women that, according to Catholic Church, reached sanctity due to their good behavior.

Long live the little dead ones

 

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