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11:17 AM on 10/14/2011
Day of the dead was always a fun celebration when I lived in Mexico. We would go hear mass at the chapel in the cemetery, then we would pray
11:09 AM on 10/14/2011
The "dead" aren't really that much dead, that's why we celebrate them in Mexico.
12:52 PM on 10/14/2011
They are dead. And they are never coming back. The Aztecs and other indigenous peoples did not practice this European Christianity with its concept of The Afterlife. There are manuscripts that show the Aztecs (et. al.) saw death as a finality. That's why the "Aztec funeral" lasted 4 years (a grieving process and metaphor for the person being disintegrated back into the Universe). Funerals are for the living and the Aztecs understood this.
11:05 AM on 10/14/2011
the dead are just that, dead and gone, nothing wrong with remembering the dead. you cant bring them back and they need no offerings to move them along in the afterlife. but if 'dead' festivals bring in money thru tourism, nothing wrong with that..the living still have to eat and have a life...
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Stephen G Ford
Not sure WHAT this is for
11:35 AM on 10/16/2011
Spoken with a TRUE capitalist ATTITUDE... *SNARK*
IWantTofu
Evolution. Now a political position.
11:02 AM on 10/14/2011
You forgot the U.S. Laying flowers at car crash sites, not allowing a mosque to be built within 10 blocks of the 9/11 attacks. Funny you don't point out all of the Christian rituals.
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LeAnn Cammack
born-again liberal
11:20 AM on 10/14/2011
but that's not a day that celebrates the dead, i.e. a holiday. What you're talking about is death rituals that are for mourning and idiotic prejudice (anti-mosque issue).
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brokenleoheart
04:33 PM on 10/14/2011
agree. the commentor misunderstood the entire article
10:43 AM on 10/14/2011
You forgot the Irish....
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Dogma
11:10 AM on 10/14/2011
Dead Drunk Festival?
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11:37 AM on 10/14/2011
Good times hehe!
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JScott
John Galt's last name is McGuffin-Smithee
10:41 AM on 10/14/2011
2 and 4 are similar and celebrated in some areas of So. Cal. with crystal skulls and some shops sell carmalized sugar skulls as candy.
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MaybeMilo
"You can't fight in here. This is the War room!"
10:39 AM on 10/14/2011
I'd include the US in that list: criminal presidents elevated to sainthood after passing; actors, musicians, or reality TV stars elevated to at least that level.

We're just not quite into endocannibalsim yet - though there are many out who'd argue the point.
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heymack
In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane.
10:37 AM on 10/14/2011
What about Jerry Garcia's birthday?  There is quite a celebration of "The Dead" every August 1.
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erie
We are never prepared for what we expect
01:18 PM on 10/14/2011
Humor in the best of style. F&F!
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Pennsanic
Be nice to the US or we'll bring you democracy too
10:09 AM on 10/14/2011
None of those can hold a candle to Japan's awesome festivals:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/100315/japan-penis-japanese-vaginas
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mono
10:02 AM on 10/14/2011
....the ultimate truth. Even Wall street's hungry bankers cannot escape.
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chrysostomos
Zizek built my hotrod,
09:57 AM on 10/14/2011
Calling Baron Samedi... Baron Samedi your flight to the underworld is boarding at gate number 6.
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Danilo-11
This is your brain after playing football
09:39 AM on 10/14/2011
There's a huge difference between celebrating your dead ancestors and celebrating a person's death. And I know for a fact that we always do one of those.
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bridgeman
Jesus was a Jazz fan
09:37 AM on 10/14/2011
Alice Cooper - I Love The Dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FffreCvdVow