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Oct 28, 2005, 2:52 PM

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Todos Santos y Día de los muertos

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¡Hola, amigos costeños!
Once again time has flown by as I see people walking to there homes(or where ever) with bundles of beautiful, bright orange "zempasuchil" flowers to adorn their Dia de Muertos altars.
How many of you have been in the Xalapa area during this time of year? And have gone to Naolinco on Oct.31st and Nov.1st when people go in groups from house to house singing "Alabados y alabanzas" in front of the family's altar. When the group is finished singing they are invited to take something from the altar to eat. Very interesting and lots of good food!
I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences.
¡Hasta pronto, amigos!
Roy B. Dudley "El Gringo Jalapeño" See more about Xalapa at


Nov 20, 2005, 5:42 PM

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Re: ["El Gringo Jalapeño"] Todos Santos y Día de los muertos

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In the Huasteca Potosina or at least in my case very specifically Xilitla and Tancanhuitz-we honor our ancestors, typically in these small villages everyone in the graveyards, by all the usual preparations. Cleaning of the graves,taking candles, food, liquor, a full piece band playing the beloved music of the Huasteca.There is always a llovisna and sometimes we get rained out. But it is always a great party with high spirits. What makes it a little different is the sense of drunken decay and rot, of a people who even in death are still dancing every night. It's the tropics,heat, true rain forest. It is the surreal, the drugged hallucination. Always the danger of falling into a hole(a grave maybe),being bitten by a snake or insect. All life flourishes here! There are the partial remains of caved in tombs and coffins amongst the riotous remains. Try to imagine the shiver of the dead yet undead and she has your name. It is crowded with the dead and the living. These graveyards are quite small. All the traditional things are done such as the Zempasuchil ,plumes of purpled magenta Amaranth, the sweet odor of Hinojo threaded with the redolent fragrance of pan de muerto.
But the largesse of the moment is all of this and the primal energy of the jungle. Walking with the dead and the living you feel at the beginning of the world. Hot and sweaty. Sexy. Remember when you were young ,the roar of the ocean , the smell of the sea, bodies intertwined, dripping with sweat?
All this and more you feel and remember. The dead remember the snail's soft tongue creeping down the shadow of the sacra.
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