Frederik Trovatten | The Day of the Dead

Originally posted: https://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2018/11/frederik-trovatten-day-of-dead.html

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In the 16th century, the Spanish Conquistadores came in Mexico, also quickly believed the Dia de Los Muertos to be sacrilegious, and tried their best to ban it. The ritual, relationship into the Aztec and Toltec people some three years ago, was not easily halted and the Spaniards’ attempts only succeeded in strengthening it.


Similar to other indigenous belief systems and rituals, the Dia de los Muertos united using parts of their imported Christianity, thus achieving a kind of syncretism with the reptiles’ religion. Originally celebrated in summer time, it transferred into the first two weeks of November to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day.


In 2008, the Dia de los Muertos was recognized by UNESCO that added the vacation to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  It’s an extremely social vacation that spills into streets and public squares at all hours of the day and night.

For the Aztec and Toltec pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural stage of life. The deceased were still members of the area, kept alive in memory and soul, and through Día de los Muertos, they returned to Earth. Nowadays, people flock to cemeteries to function together with all the spirits of their dead, and assemble private altars with photographs of the deceased, and their favourite foods and beverages. The gatherings are often joyous in tone, and the families recall the lives of the departed.

Frederik Trovatten explains himself as a national press and road photographer living in Mexico City. He is also an entrepreneur with 10+ years experience in electronic advertising and startup, having begun his career in Adwords and functioned in Analytics, SEO, Email-marketing, Blogging and Social media.

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