The Mexican culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide. The mixture of strong native legends,artistic expressions and Spanish culture make the Mexican culture unique. Being proud of their native heritage, Mexicans have preserved many of their ancestors traditions.
More than 500 years ago when the Spanish landed in what is now consider central Mexico the Spanish encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to be mocking death known as “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) . Although the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican civilizations viewed it as the continuation of life and instead of fearing death they embraced it. To them life was a dream and only in death they would become truly awake. Unlike the Spanish that observe death as the end of life and considered the ritual to be sacrilegious.The indigenous people had been practicing “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) for at least 3,000 years. Although more than 500 years ago when the Spanish landed in what is now central Mexico they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to be mocking death.
In the article entitled “Day of the Dead: Celebration, History & Origins” May Herz discussed that from the beginning of time, man have felt the need to explain the mystery of life and death. Causing many civilizations and cultures create rituals to try and give meaning to human existence. Henz explains that the Indigenous people of Mexico, death was considered the passage to a new life and so the deceased were buried with their personal objects that would probably need in the other life. Constantly even their pets were sacrificed in order for them to accompany their masters on their long journey. “El dia de los Muertos”, the “Day of the Dead” has been celebrated in Mexico, and other Latin countries. It is the day in which the living remember their departed relatives. "Day of the Dead" is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and loving remember their loved relatives that have died.
In addition, in the article entitled “Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)” Constance Cortez describes the festival celebration. In fact “Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on November first and November second. Furthermore Cortez, describes the two special places where this ritual is especially impressive; Mixquic, a small town in Mexico City, and Janitzio, a charming little island in the state of Michoacan.The state where Janitzio is located contains an extraordinary beauty of lake that was consider the door to heaven and that through it the gods used it to come to earth. Overall Cortez emphasized that the natives acquired these culture with new cultural elements by blending and adapting them to their own culture and from this fusion new beliefs and ritual were born such as the celebration “Day of the Dead”.
Mayan traditions maintain present in the Mexican Culture and perhaps the biggest form of expression that represent the Mexican pride. It is fascinating to see how ancient traditions progress through time instead of disappearing like other cultures.