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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde 126.96.36.199 (dup-200-65-183-142.prodigy.net.mx) el día sábado, 06 de marzo, 2004 a las 09:45:42 horas :
En respuesta a: Those Skeletons escrito por SunnyTime desde 188.8.131.52 (wnpgmb01ba1-ac05-15-136.dial.mts.net) el día viernes, 05 de marzo, 2004 a las 23:37:29 horas :
I believe you are referring to figurines made to celebrate el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which embodies the ancient Mexican belief that the spirits of deceased loved ones return to enjoy earthly pleasures during the period between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. The history of this tradition is somewhat complex and its observance varies from region to region. The figurines represent the Mexican belief that they live alongside death and have learned to accept it, laugh at it and mock it in their many representations of "La Calaca" (the skeleton), "La Pelona" (the baldy), "La Flaca" (the skinny one), and "La Huesada" (the bony one). However, the dead themselves are not mocked but rather are honored by their families and loved ones with altars and offerings and visits to their burial places to clean up their gravesites and spend time with their deceased loved ones to celebrate their lives. The figurines can be used to represent their loved ones in often humorous scenes as they cavort with other deceased friends.