Urban vs. Rural Celebrations

Lead Skeletons from Mexico City (Courtesy of Corazon, Houston, TX CorazonFairTrade.com)

“Urban Mexicans encounter death with fun and games, while rural Indians encounter it with absolute tranquility.”

(Frances Toor, Artes de Mexico, 2002, Numero 62, p 66.)

In the cities the celebrations may not be taken as seriously as in the rural communities. Even though, there appears to be less emphasis on the religious connections in the urban settings, these celebrations are no less important. The rural expressions of Day of the Dead are more closely related to ancient beliefs passed from generation to generation.

The skulls and skeletons seen in urban markets are not as prevalent in rural locations. In the urban markets, there is a demand fordecorative objects that have become removed from their traditional use in the festivities.

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