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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For additional photography please visit my flickr page.
You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.

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 3, 2019

Muertos - Families and Friends....

That what Muertos is really about: Families and Friends.  It's not scary or anything like Halloween.  It's a time to gather together and share memories... and food and music and each other.  Our ancestors and our friends are remembered and live again in our hearts and minds.... and it's a good time as you can see from these photos.  Happiness, love and pride abound.
My friends in New England can't imagine cemeteries filled with so many people, smiling as they  decorate graves.  Entire families, parents, kids, grandparents, aunt, uncles cousins, all celebrating and honoring the spirits that all live on in our minds.
These are some of the things that bring smiles to our faces.
As well as toasting them with a couple of beers.
And note how many young people are involved in keeping these traditions going.
Imagine being involved in creating this...
It's the people, living and dead, that make Muertos so special.  It's such a healthy way of looking at life and death.  Maybe you just have to be there....  next year?

1 comment:

Julie Poole said...

Beautiful! Beautiful culture and beautiful photography! Great job capturing these moments, Chris:)