2015-10-17

Witches in Fiction: Death rites and remembrances






Ever since I first started learning about, and seeing
pictures of, Día de los Muertos celebrations I have been
fascinated with the holiday. The festive scenes, the colors,
the skeletons and skulls - and the fact that it is actually
a celebration. Remembering the dead in México
is certainly nothing like the sombre Swedish equivalent.




This last year I have also rediscovered the art of dioramas
and for Magaly's annual bash I wanted to create something new.
Fittingly, our hostess recently shared that one of her favorite
songs is (the Spanish) The Skeleton Dance and that whenever
she thinks of bones, she imagines them dancing :)




Most of the diorama details are paper and fabric crafts
but the cactus was made from beads and metal wire.
 The table and chairs were made from buttons,
wooden beads and cardboard (and a sequin trim).
And this is the post where I made the skeletons.


 






Thank you to witchy Magaly for hosting this event!
Follow the picture link below to find the rest of the participants
and all the yummy giveaways connected to this blog party.


magalyguerrero.com/





 



38 kommentarer:

  1. Beautiful addition to this very special season of joyous rememberance! x

    SvaraRadera
  2. I too love Muertos dioramas. You have done a wonderful job and your calacas look like they are having a very good time.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, and thank you for teaching me a new word - calacas!

      Radera
  3. That is fabulous!
    blessings
    ~*~

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Good, I don't think I have enough fab in my life ;)

      Radera
  4. That is a wonderful diorama. It makes me grin :)

    SvaraRadera
  5. Gosh you are the queen of spooky dollhouses! <3

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! It's an interest that has just popped up this last year, but I like where it has taken me so far.

      Radera
  6. What a wonderful celebration they are having!! It is perfect for the season! Great job!

    SvaraRadera
  7. What darling little skeleton revelers! I too adore the concept of Dia de Los Muertos. The contrast between the starkness of death and the vibrancy of the celebration speaks to me, and my Samhain celebrations normally incorporate some ddlm aspects. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! We don't have enough (if any) DDLM stuff over here, but I would love to incorporate more into my Halloween decor and celebration.

      Radera
  8. Oh, the diorama is wonderful!! The Día de los Muertos celebrations are fabulous, aren't they?! They make me think of Tim Burton's joyous and colourful Land of the Dead in the 'Corpse Bride' movie.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you!
      Have you watched The Book of Life? The whole movie is one giant DDLM celebration (even if the story was a little tired and old fashioned).

      Radera
    2. No, we were going to go and see it, but it's been one of those years. *sigh* Once my son has finished his exams in a few weeks, we're going to get the DVD. :)

      Radera
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    1. Thank you, dearest! Idle hands... :)

      Radera
  10. Love your diorama -- so charming and whimsical!

    SvaraRadera
  11. I love the creative details in your Dia de los Muertos scene, especially the cactus and papel picado. The ofrenda in my post was from Dia de los Muertos a few years past.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, and thank you for teaching me a new word - papel picado. Soon I will be fluent in DDLM :)

      Radera
  12. Their way is wonderful. Also I love New Orleans funerals their musical parades are fascinating! Your post was beautiful, full of color!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Agreed, there are so many cultures that allow death and funerals to be loud and vibrant. Death in Sweden is silent, lonely, sombre - why do we think it has to be that way?

      Radera
  13. You forgot to take a picture of me and ms Magaly dancing on the table!!! That is one fabulous party you created :D XXX

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Ah yes, I wasn't sure you guys wanted your undies flashed to the internet ;)
      Thank you!

      Radera
  14. You are always making realize new things, did you know that? Like I said before (and you pointed out), whenever I think of bones I imagine dancing skeletons. That has been true for as long as I can remember, but I never wondered why. I think I know now. The way my culture celebrates El dia de los Muertos is very similar to the way the day is celebrated in Mexico--we paint our faces with ashes (accentuating the eyes with dark circles, in order to look like skulls), we were bright colors, we cook a lot of food, we dance, sing, there is a lot of drinking (quite a bit of this happens in graveyards, by the way)... Even the very religious Caribbean Catholics dress their crosses in bright colors and offer the dead the foods they liked most while alive, and leave offers of rum on their altars.

    I love your diorama. I have a we coffin shaped cabinet, which I got from Oma Linda, that is crying for a scene. I will start my crafting after October. ;-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I would love to see your diorama - I'm sure it will be beautiful and bloody :)

      I would also love to know more about your back ground culture at some point. The Islands are such a melting pot for the worlds religions and traditions, it's fascinating.

      Radera
  15. The Day of the Dead will also be featured in the next James Bond.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh really? I know you are looking forward to that movie. I'm not a Bond fan, but I might have to check it out now :)

      Radera
  16. You have created a post that seems so much bigger in ideas than miniature! The colours, ideas, & talent that made this happen are HUGE!!!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, that is so very sweet of you to say, Shelle! My mind is a dark wonderland ;)

      Radera
  17. Gorgeously creative! I especially love the cactus :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! I was very pleased with the cactus myself, and a little miffed that it ended up hidden in the corner:)

      Radera

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