Among the many events presented by the Anthropology Club in honor of the Day of the Dead, the lecture by Harold Morales, “Day of the Dead: an Affirmation of Life” on October 28, was a tremendous success.
It was standing-room-only for the talk by the Religious Studies professor, who discussed the history of the tradition that has been practiced in Mexico for centuries, cautioning against an encroaching commerciality that could undermine the intended focus of the holiday.
As Morales described in the abstract for his talk, “Rather than a morbid obsession with dying, the Day of the Dead is an affirmation of life for those who prepare and visit altars beautifully adorned with colorful flowers, fanciful paper cutouts, decorated breads, candles, toy and candy skulls and skeletons, and photographs of deceased loved ones.”
About 100 students and faculty gathered to hear Morales reflect on the meaning of Day of the Dead in Mexico and beyond.
Photo: Harold Morales speaking about “Day of the Dead: an Affirmation of Life”