The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pan de Muerte - Mitla style

With still one more day to go and hundreds of photos to go through, not to mention video, this has been a very nice Muertos.  Yesterday, we did the swing through Mitla, Tlacolula and Teotitlan del Valle and wow, it could not have been better.  We went to Mitla to see the tapetes de arena, the sand paintings, but there was only one and not really much to write home about.
However, there was an exhibition of pan de muerto, breads locally baked, and they were spectacular.
These are made to be placed on altars or ofrendas.
Each one a work of art.
 Some of the most ornate I've seen.
This one is made for an altar and it even gives you a plan for laying out the altar.
They just kept going...
 and going...
Never seen anything like these before.
 So Mitla was inspirational in new and different ways.


Unknown said...

I have been following your blog for years. This is the first year in 5 that I have not come to Oaxaca and i think of it daily. I so appreciate your frequent posts that keep me informed and also delight me with the wonderful photos of the people and places i have come to love. Thanks so much
Claudia Michel, Portland Oregon

Christopher Stowens said...

Gracias, Claudia,

Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoy the blog. I sure enjoy living this life. And Oaxaca has great patience... it awaits your next visit.