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THE DAY OF THE DEAD
 

Skull Candle - Exhibit Photo A Fusion of Beliefs
The Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival combines ancient Mesoamerican and Christian beliefs. The Aztecs believed that the souls of the dead traveled to Mictlan, where they found rest. The aroma of copal incense and the bright color and fragrance of cempascuchitl (marigolds) then guided them back to visit their relatives. Once back, they enjoyed offerings of food. Several Aztec festivals merged with the Christian All Saints' and All Souls' Days to become the Day of the Dead.   

Let my soul be draped in various flowers; let it be intoxicated by them.
Aztec poem

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