Día de los Muertos: What’s the Deal with All Those Skulls?

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has mistakenly been called a Mexican Halloween (not!). Because of the use of skeletons and skulls, it has also been accused of being satanic worship (really, really, really NOT!). Día de los Muertos is, quite simply, a day of remembrance.

Mexicans who celebrate the holiday often build alters dedicated to loved ones who have passed over. Skeletons and skulls are usually part of the design. Not because Mexicans have a morbid fascination with death, but because they accept death as part of everyday life. There is an afterlife. Hopefully one where they serve margaritas and dance to mariachi music.

The skulls and skeletons you’ll see here are from Manos Magicas and Casa Ramirez, both folk art galleries. There are also works from Barrio Antiguo and Arthur Miller, both shops. – Olivia Flores Alvarez

Read more: The Houston Press profile on Marcario Ramirez, owner of Casa Ramirez.

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