Sugar, Colonialism, and Death: On the Origins of Mexico's Day of the Dead

  title={Sugar, Colonialism, and Death: On the Origins of Mexico's Day of the Dead},
  author={Stanley H. Brandes},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={270 - 299}
  • S. Brandes
  • Published 1 April 1997
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Mexico's most famous holiday is, without doubt, the Day of the Dead. At the end of October, large numbers of foreign visitors descend upon Mexico to witness colorful—some would say carnivalesque—ritual performances and artistic displays. Decorated breads, paper cutouts, and plastic toys, most of them humorously playing on the theme of death, are evident everywhere. Sculpted sugar candies in the form of skulls, skeletons, and caskets suggest an almost irreverent, macabre confrontation with… 
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