The Season of the Beloved Dead

This time of year is very important to me, as holiday after holiday explodes around my home lands, and my birthday approaches. Winternights, Samhain, Halloween, All Saints Day, Dia De Los Muertos… they’re not all the same, but there is a common theme throughout them: Honoring the role death and the beloved dead play in our dance of life.

The Lord of the Mound has gone to His rest, Papa Ghede is laughing with His fellows, the Ancestors are awake to dance and dine with us, and the year is turning.

Today I want to celebrate the Ancestors, to contemplate the cycle, and to perhaps understand a little better one of the major elements of the season in my area: Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican tradition for remembering our beloved dead, and re-connecting with them on a personal level each year.

To that end, I offer some videos I find beautiful:

The first Dia De Los Muertos parade in Mexico City!

Google Mexico exploring Dia De Los Muertos

The touching Dia De Los Muertos animated short

Dia De Los Muertos in San Francisco

Dance in the Graveyard by Delta Rae

Be Well,
–Ember–

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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