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Heartwarming Catalog Entries

I am rarely struck by the literary merit of catalog entries, but here is an exception:

Mexican Sugar Skull Kit
Decorating sugar skulls is an important part of one of Mexico’s most heartwarming national celebrations. Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), a time of great rejoicing, is an opportunity for families to honor departed loved ones — each of whom is remembered with a gaily decorated 3 1/2 inch long sugar skull.

Now that’s something you don’t read everyday. If you know something about this, please share.

One thought on “Heartwarming Catalog Entries”

  1. J. Clifford says:

    When I lived in Memphis, one of my neighbors made me one of these skulls around Halloween time. She was not mexican, but she was a Spanish teacher. I didn’t have many dead ancestors to remember gaily at the time, and my wife and I didn’t really know what to do with it. So, we had a sugar skull in our house for awhile.

    Interesting combination of sweetness and death, though I’m not even really sure that the skulls are meant to be eaten.

    Perhaps there is some symbolism to the idea that the skulls can be dissolved in water – something about the impermanence of things. Or, perhaps, it’s just that this is an old medium for folk art – maybe predating the Christian missionaries that went through the area with conquistadores?

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