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Betty Fasig
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PostSubject: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptyFri Oct 31, 2008 4:09 pm

Twenty-six years ago, this very night, one small boy of 4 years accompanied by his mom, knocked on our door. There he stood in a little sheet cut out with eye holes and holding a paper bag. His mom, Barbara, stood there smiling as he said Tricks or Treats!
I smiled to beat the band and poured the treats into his little bag.

That little boy has been our only trick or treater in twenty-six years. He is now 30 years old.

That should tell you all how far out in the wilderness we live. Very Happy

Happy Halloween from Wooffer and all the rest of us.

Love,
Betty
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptyFri Oct 31, 2008 5:59 pm

Has he outgrown his sheet yet?
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptyFri Oct 31, 2008 8:23 pm

Does he still come 'round for treats? We have been here for 17 years, and have never had a kid come trick or treating!!
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptyFri Oct 31, 2008 10:16 pm

Halloween is spreading rapidly in Mexico (it's the PERFECT Mexican event) but they don't quite have it down.

I went into town tonight and was sitting there watching all these really adorable kiddos in costumes trooping up and down the street chanting "We want halloween!"

Then they would come up to the sidewalk restaurant tables and ask patrons for candy. Oddly, few people went out carrying candy on them.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the island they are already starting big religious parades for the Day of the Dead.

I think I see a cultural mergers in the future. God knows what it will look like.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 5:20 am

Day of the Dead? Now that intrigues me. What do people do that day, if anything?
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 9:01 am

Day of the Dead isn't that when Mexican's go to the cemetry to eat and drink with their dearly departed. I think it is a great tradition, a way to remember those that have gone before us. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 10:07 am

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Day of the Dead? Now that intrigues me. What do people do that day, if anything?

Kill people.

Seriously, it's a complex family tradition that goes way back before Catholicism, I think. More reminiscent in some ways of Memorial Day and Jewish holidays than our Halloween thing.

The idea is, it's the day when the the Dead come back to Earth to visit their family and loved ones.

In some areas there are big movements to the cemetaries for picnics with ancestors.
In almost all areas, even sophisticated urban spots (the Dennys in the Golden Zone, and Sanborns in all the big cities as just two examples) a more common memento is the prepartation of altars. You walk into a restaurant or home and see a table draped with nice linen, and food laid out on it. There will be some religious icons, perhaps candles. But definitely a display of family pictures.
I saw one once there the entire stairway up to a second floor home was draped and there were pictures and luminarios (a paper bag one third full of sand with a candle set in the sand...very nice effect) on every riser.

Sometimes people have an emptry chair at the table.

Another feature is "pan de muerto", a sort of big sweet bun, and the little decorated sugar skulls.

There is nothing spooky or scary about this tradition. Quite the opposite, the idea is more like the dead are part of you and always will be until you become part of them. And that there is always a piece of your ancestors in you, even if they are no longer around to see it.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 10:21 am

The Mexican obsession with death is really pronounced. One of the more bizarre examples is the cult of Santa Muerte, Holy Death of Saint Death if you prefer.

It's a great art subject (google it to check that out) that is influence young foreign artists, but it still has shrines, observances and I even ran into a website forum for Miraculous Prayers to St. Death

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 10:26 am

Then there is only very slightly related skeleton art: like the famous engravings by Posada. The guitarist here provides the credit music for my Mexican Slang 101 video.

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A frequent image is an elegantly dressed (very slim) couple.

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The woman in the couple always wears the wide hat. Her name, by the way, is Morticia.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 10:29 am

Which has also influenced a lot of foreign artists

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 10:32 am

lin wrote:


A frequent image is an elegantly dressed (very slim) couple.

What, no fat skeletons? Well I'll be ...

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Super Morticias?

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 11:28 am

Very interesting. I knew nothing about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 12:35 pm

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What, no fat skeletons? Well I'll be ...

Well, you know how pictures always add a few pounds.
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 12:56 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 4:20 pm

Very interesting Lin. Not quite the art I could hang in my living room, but it is fascinating. bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 4:53 pm

I love the humor of it all. Yesterday, I drove down Riverview Drive. There is one intersection with a stop sign. It is a residential neighborhood of old houses and beyond the stop sign, on the same side of the street, is an old cemetery with big head stones with words carved many years ago.
The house before the grave yard had put up many halloween grave headstones, had webs and spiders and dry ice vapors wafting around.

I had to appreciate the effort and the fun. I do hope that many little ones went that way and wondered about the evening.

Lin, I loved your pictures and the whole history of Hallowed Eve.

I appreciated the Mexican rendition and understand the loose translating by the children in Mexico.

If I had a cafe in Mexico, well you probably know, those kids would have candy..not american, but the kind they know. It is imported here.

I remember a cafe in Puerto Pinasco (hope I have that spelled right) when I was 17. It was my days of reading Ernest Hemingway and wishing I could go sailfishing. I remember the large red ants that lived in the outdoor shower and the children selling sea shells for a dollar. I still have some of those shells.

Years later I went back with my husband and children.

A concrete stairway came off of the upper sand and lead you to the sea. The smell of it was incredible. We chartered a big, flat barge to take us to fish for mackerel. The barge went out for hours. By the time we were so far out no one knew what was where, the whole crew was drunk and never cared if we ever got back. Some of the people who had rented the barge took charge of the navigation of the thing and found an island to float into. The people on the island were all drunk, too, and the bats were flying everywhere. There was one American guy who was prancing up and down the beach naked, shot gun over his shoulder and and occasionally letting off a shot.

I remember not having much humor about the whole thing. We had our young children with us and just expected an hour out and back..

In the morning, some people who had vehicles there drove us all back to our rooms.

I imagine the rest of those people are still there puking in the beach.

Love,
Betty

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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 10:27 pm

La Isla de Gilligan?
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But did you catch any fish, Betty?
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PostSubject: Re: Twenty-Six Years and only One   Twenty-Six Years and only One EmptySun Nov 02, 2008 5:25 pm

Betty, that sounds like a grand adventure to me! I'll bet the kids still talk about it.
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