Day of the Dead – a passion for life

Only in Mexico is Life honored through Death

Day of the Dead - A passion for life (book cover)“ Mexico is a country with a mixed culture of pre-Hispanic and Hispanic heritages and finds satisfaction in honoring the dead.

This tradition is superbly captured through the lens and spirit of Mary J. Andrade. Her commentary on the altars of the dead accompanied with exquisite photographs are a tribute to the Mexican culture and its funeral rites. Many years of research have made her an authentic and knowledgeable scholar and very few Mexicans have her expertise on the subject of Day of the Dead.”

Eduardo Merlo Juarez, Anthropologist

The P’urhepecha people live in four areas in the State of Michoacan : The Lake Area, el P’urhepecha Plateau, the Canada of the Eleven Towns and the Cienega. In each one of the towns, their inhabitants live with special characteristics and interpretations of the happy moment when they receive the souls of their loved ones every November first and second.

In this book, the first to be published covering such a wide region, the author takes the reader through the roads that she has traveled and shows the similarities and differences of how the P’urhepecha people celebrate the lives and the memories of their ancestors.

“Vibrant and plentiful photographs show the people, their rituals and intricate preparations, with bright backgrounds complementing the feast of colors.” – Critica Magazine.

“Lavishly illustrated with full-color photography on practically every other page. A beautiful holiday tribute ideal for public libraries and reference shelves, or for ordinary readers to savor simply paging through.” – The Midwest Book Review.

The book includes several poems written by the Spanish poet Julie Sopetran.

ISBN – 13: 978-0-9791624-0-4
Copyright 2006
Paperback, 200 pages
Price $34.95
Includes tax and shipping

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