Thursday, November 03, 2005

ofrenda 2005, picture courtesy of Flavio

Here, in this warm, mellow and glowing ambience, you get an idea of the context of the "Flavio" head, which in my understanding (from the Secret Dakini Oracle) suggests something like "The Last Laugh" of Death as ultimately everybody's future, so ultimately Death will have "the last laugh" at all our expense, and "graveyard humor" seems the only true humor? Correct me if I have made an error, here, Flavio! ;-))


Blogger Flavio said...

OK... there is a mexican tradition that says that our loved people that already passed away come to visit us once a year, we have to be prepared for the visit so we make this kind of altars with 4 basic things

* candles: as symbol of light
* salt: so they can remember the taste of life
* water: when they arrive they are thirsty
* inciense: the smell can help them find their way.

additional items include favorite food, flowers, the sugar skulls, photos and religion accesories like bibles, for children toys and candies are added.

As for the skulls, they are to remember one day we all will die, even if the last laugh is not ours at least for 1 day we can have fun with the death.

2:31 am  
Blogger Flavio said...

Hey! I got some pictures of feminist and political inspired altars placed around Mexico City, sorry again in spanish but the pics spoke by themselves, click on them to enlarge.

2:37 am  
Blogger Flavio said...

And XIII made an unexpected appearance here

This is read in the glass windows: I'm not leaving, I'm taken away!
The Goddbye, Mexico November 05

2:43 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Interesting about the incense, the smell "to help them find their way"; Tibetans think the dead guided mostly by hearing (clairaudient, hence the reading of the Tibetan Book of the Dead aloud, and also the advice "never to speak ill of the dead", because they just may hear you!), but I guess they use a bit of incense as well (i.e. the dead seem mostly as they seemed when alive, only a bit more clairaudient AND clairsentient!)... Lucky that taste seems mostly smell (ask anyone with a cold!), or they could not enjoy those goodies at all: sometimes, I have heard, they also offer cigarettes and alcohol, if the dead person had an especial fondness for these... Message in the glass windows: does have a lot of relevance to (reading) Arcanum XIII, even if the "death" does not mean a physical death, it usually has an aspect of unwillingness, or being "wrenched away"! *makes mental note for future reference* ;-))

Going to check out other pictures now (how did you guess? I think you kind of psychic, or 'intuitivo', as well!);-))

6:11 am  
Blogger Flavio said...

Interesting remarks... I'd like to say how much I've enjoyed sharing our traditions with you and other readers :-)

1:20 pm  

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