This is the guy who kills, who decides when you die, and who controls the zombies -- a fate worse than death in Haiti. Plus, he looks and sounds scary with his slow, drawn-out, nasal speech pattern. He can be downright spine-chilling. You do not want to cross him. So why do Haitians love him so?
The sole, crumbling mausoleum provided for a grand panorama of the surroundings: a sea of Maya with their typical colorful apparel and wares. As kites swayed in the sky, the priest took the microphone and uttered some prayers and proclamations. Amidst this chaos I found a peace.
Celebrating death, especially with food, seemed so strange to me as South American Latino. When I asked about this to my Mexican friends they said that it was a way to celebrate the life that the dead person had had in this world.
Luis Valdez -- film director, writer, playwright and founder of El Teatro Campesino -- will be appearing at Davies Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, November 3rd in the annual concert celebrating Día de los Muertos.
Having lived, studied and traveled in Mexico for almost 30 years, I can personally attest to the intimate and familiar nature of death in popular culture. Long before Saint Death's public outing 11 years ago today, images of death personified abounded.
Dreams are sacred texts from the soul. Our own original wisdom speaks in infinite forms, always encouraging us to return to who we are at the level of heart and soul, reconnecting with what heals and restores vitality, joy, and connection to all creation.
It was only through Joe Carroll's death and dying that I was finally able to draw close to the man I'd long ago fled. Before that, the idea of honoring my father after he'd departed this world would have seemed unimaginable.
The five stages of grief -- which I have learned can happen all at the same time -- make it hard to function sometimes, so travel can be more difficult than usual. Grief is a complex and inconvenient emotion.