Welcome back to day 2 of the Dia de los Muertos tour. I have some beautiful designs from some super talented ladies to show you. First, I want to share with you why Dia de los Muertos is such an important day in the Latino community, especially the Mexican community. Dia de los Muertos was a way the Aztec people would honor and remember the dead. They believed the dead came back to visit during the month long ritual. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake.
The Aztec people were another native people who were taken over by European explorers. In their case it was the Spanish. The Spanish felt these rituals and beliefs were barbaric and sacrilegious so they converted them to Catholicism. Much like many holidays, these important holidays had “less civilized” starts in what was considered barbaric cultures. Basically, the new people were not pleased and did not understand them, so they changed them. This is why all the mainstream holidays have actual pagan roots. So the Spanish did change the holiday to a religious holiday known as All Souls Day and All Saints Day. However, they were unable to take the Aztec roots away from the native people of Mexico which is why they still decorate skulls with flowers and altars of food and drink. These practices serve as 2 very important things: 1) a time to remember the dead and bridge the “gap” between the living and dead and 2) to keep their culture alive despite the new colonies trying to strip away their beliefs and rituals. So this holiday helps sort of give it to the man and tell them they cannot take away my beliefs or my traditions. I think all of us can learn a lot from not giving up too easy when someone tries to strip away our identities.
First lovely lady up is from Call Ajaire. Last year, she made this free pattern and this year she embroidered a shirt. I love the details and love that it is embroidery because ir reminds me of those loved mexican heirlooms. Click on the photo to go to her post.
The next person is HattieLu Handmade. Have you seen the amazing purses she makes? Well, she did it again! Click the photo to see her Dia de los Muertos inspired bag.
The last, but not least person, is Made with Moxie. She is pretty dope, if I do say so myself and has quite the infatuation with the Dia de los Muertos culture. But she is not Latina, and I think that it is completely badass! I love seeing our culture spill over into american cultures. Click the photo to see these lights she made. OMG!
What an inspiring set of posts today! I cannot wait to see what the others have to show us tomorrow. Please don’t forget to give them some love. These are intricate works that are no joke!
Meet the bloggers who are joining the 2nd Dia de los Muertos tour. They will be bringing you a variety of inspired crafts, stories and a few freebies. Here is the full schedule if you missed a day.
And my lovely friend Jeanine, from StitchART came up with this awesome free motion stitch embroidery pattern HERE to celebrate the Dia de los Muertos theme, and there are even pets included.YES, pets are definitely included in this holiday.
I will be getting mine as soon as I get my money mañana.
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