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Topic: Ok! maybe not halloween but.. Day of the Dead ofrenda  (Read 2112 times)
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« on: November 09, 2009 01:19:38 PM »

Hi guys!
here in mexico we celebrate Day of the Dead instead of halloween (okay we celebrate both, but in our own way)
We use to make an offering (Ofrenda in spanish) to honour our dead relatives and friends, it's said that you put the things that they liked the most (wine, food, etc) along with water, candles, day of the dead bread and sugar/chocolate skulls, because on that day, they come back to visit us.
 
I'm really proud to be Mexican so I celebrate all this with all my heart, and this year, my friends and I, decided to enter a prehispanic offerings contest(prehispanic offerings are a little bit different). So this is what we did. (the explanation of the ofrenda is behind the pictures if you want to read it)

the whole ofrenda


View from the front


view from one side

the drawing in the center is all made out of beans, rice, wheat and corn. ah! and marigold petals (Called Cempazuchil in mexico) It has 4 arrows, pointing to the north, south, east and west, with a circle that holds a candle each one (to light our relative's path), 4 skulls with a path in front of them (we were supposed to put a glass of water in the end of each path, to keep our relative's spirit away from evil, but we decided not to because it was in the floor and anyone could kick them).
In the center there's a drawing (also made with the seeds I wrote above) of Yum Cimil (mayan god of death)
And in the back, there are fruits, some typical cups with pulque (typical mexican alcoholic drink made out of a cactus),  other cups with atole (another typical mexican drink, kind of flavored milk but thicker), and valuable objects of the relative.

Hope you liked it, It took us about 5 hours to make. And hope you understand it.

C & c welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2009 03:57:54 PM »

It's beautiful!  You did a great job Grin  Did you win the contest?
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2009 05:40:23 PM »

This is lovely!

in the first picture i thought it was a weird fiber craft, but lo and behold, it is mostly foods! I cannot imagine the patience required to do this, everything looks so perfectly planned, and I know I would have been smudging the beans, rise, wheat etc into each other
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009 04:06:39 AM »

Absolutely amazing!  I hope you won the contest - just awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2010 07:38:18 AM »

This is so beautiful! I love how intricate and detailed it is, you must have so much patience! 
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014 07:51:12 PM »

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