Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day of the Dead Drummer

Here is a photo of a drummer.

This is an example of the type of toys that are made for altars (ofrendas) to remember people and their unique traits during Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

These toys are added to altars to remember the person who has passed on. For example, this would be a good choice for an uncle or brother who enjoyed playing the drums.

After the commemoration is over and the altar is dismantled, then the kids get to play with these toys until they fall apart. Life is temporal, and so are these figures.

These are whimsical and are full of life and are helpful to recall the spirit of a loved one.

8 comments:

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brattcat said...

I love this idea, Julie, that the toys are played with until they break, that they are made fragile intentionally. This is so beautiful.

Sharon said...

This is a very clever and creative design.

Halcyon said...

These dolls are really a work of love. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Lois said...

They are all so cute Julie!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's beautiful!
Very interesting traditional!
Léia

Don and Krise said...

I understand the tradition a little more now. It's something that would take some getting used to. Thank you for the wonderful photos and explanation Julie.

This one reminds me too much of a particular Grateful Dead video. :) (No disrespect intended.)

Lachezar said...

Interesting mixture of fun and creepiness...

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