On Monday, Nov. 2, Hilario Molina from the
Department of Sociology presented on visiting the cemetery and building altars in Mexico as part of the Day of the Dead.
A lit candle will help the spirit find his way back to the material world, stated Molina. A glass of water and a small amount of sugar for the returning soul should also be placed at the altar. The water is to help re-hydrate the soul from his long journey, and the sugar is to give him energy to return back to the spiritual
Molina described his presentation from an auto-ethnography point of view. His collective information was of his personal experience and information that he had gathered from his family and friends regarding visiting the cemetery and altar building.
Masks or painted faces are used to not scare the spirit away, and favorite foods, along with beloved objects of the loved one are placed on the altar. The deceased has not been forgotten.
All of Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead and visits the cemetery to commemorate their loved ones. Depending on the social class, the rituals very, according to Molina. The lower income class tend to be more expressive; crying aloud with an occasional celebratory grito (yell), while the upper class
members tend to be more reserved in their celebration. They tend to be less emotional, showing a stiff upper crust that they so desire to portray. In all, everyone in Mexico memorializes the return of their loved one.
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