MEXICAN CULTURE AND TRADITIONS





Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead







Deeply rooted in the Mexican custom of remembering the dead, Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead describes the devout ritual of a woman who expressed her most profound sorrow for her deceased loved ones on November 2nd of each year.





Following the traditional rite, Sophia would prepare a humble altar with mystical devoutness and respect toward those spirits who -according to tradition- would visit the world of the living in search of a spiritual offering especially for them. The flames from the small candles lighted for each dead love one would illuminate a tiny room with tables, where photographs of the deceased were placed adding an air of mystery, along with the respective glasses of water and pieces of bread to feed the souls would become almost sacred and hallowed. Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead depicts with realism, accuracy, and truthfulness the Day of the Dead tradition, as well as the fervent holiday's observance of a woman who celebrated it with tears, mourning, and sadness.


Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead portrays the true essence and meaning of a religious holiday which origins date back hundreds of years. In this book, the ancient tradition of El Día de los Muertos is expressed in its true form and substance: a day of remembrance rather than a cultural event, a spiritual observance to honor deceased loved ones. While the celebration of the Day of the Dead holiday grows in popularity in countries like the United States, the connotation is of a cultural festivity where the ritual of remembering the dead blends in with folk music, dances and typical food in festival-like events.


For people like Sophia, however, there was nothing festive in her observance on November 2nd of each year –a solemn date on the calendar– when in the intimacy of her home she prepared with diligence and detail an almost hallow altar.


Illustrated with beautiful color photographs, Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead, brings out the authentic spirit of a day set apart to formally remember a mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter who have died, deceased family members whose memory Sophia honored every year with devotion and earnestness.


Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead, recreates with a poetic prose a mystic atmosphere of melancholy and reverence, infused with the aroma of marigold flowers and incense.


PRODUCT DETAILS

Títle: Sophia Remembers, Day of the Dead

Author: Eduardo Barraza
Year: 2011

Edition: First

Pages: 456 (includes photographs)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-1936885213

Presentation: Paperback

Price: $12.99