Adam and I went to Dallas for baby appointments, and I talked him into swinging by a Dia de los Muertos exhibit on the way home. We stopped into the Bath House Cultural Center for a quick view of their gallery.
Aren't these skeleton mariachis silly?
I always prefer the more elaborate family altars with live flowers.
This was a touching, simple, personal altar. It felt very 'real'....like a slice of this woman's life. I really related to the clear box filled with butterflies and moths, and the basket filled with bird feathers. I collect things like this all the time, and seemed so...I don't know....fleeting and impermanent, I guess. It's sad to think that one day a woman is in someone's life sharing things with their family, collecting feathers, eating little Dove chocolates, then the next day she's gone. It really elevates these little left-over bits of life into relics of near-religious significance.
Suspended above that altar were these odd flying mermaids. They remind me of flying mermaids I've seen in Mexico, but these looked Asian....more like Geisha mermaids or something. If anyone knows the significance of these, I'd be interested to hear about it.
I don't know if this was a joke or part of an exhibit. There was a creepy, very real looking stuffed cat sitting in a high-up window at the Cultural Center. Spooky.
Do any of you set up altars or displays for el Dia de los Muertos or All Soul's Day? I'd love a link to your site or to see photos.