Día de Muertos


Today we are going to Muse about the Day of the Dead.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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COCO, the movie

COCO, the movie


Have you seen the movie COCO?  If not, do.  I think you will enjoy it.  It is a wonderful animated film suitable for adults and children with music, humor and a thoughtful message.

The story is woven around the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.  Día de Muertos.

female day of the dead

female day of the dead

day of the dead

day of the dead

In Mexico little sculptures or depictions of skeletons are commonly used as decorations.  They are engaged in common daily activities like dancing, singing, strolling, playing a musical instrument, etc. We own a couple which you see here.


man and woman



I had never given them much thought until I saw the movie.  I sort of equated the Day of the Dead to a variation of Halloween.  The movie has made me understand it is really a celebration of family.

The Day of the Dead (as presented in the movie) is a time for souls to return from beyond to be with their family members both living and deceased.  It happens once a year starting October 31st, Día de Muertos.

In Mexico, families gather in cemeteries at the graves of their relatives with food and offerings and they sing, dance, and tell stories of remembrance . . . a celebration of family.

The soul is believed to experience three deaths.  There is the first, the physical death.  There is a second death when the person is buried.  The final death occurs when no one any longer remembers or thinks about the deceased.  Día de Muertos is a means of keeping the memory and, thus, the soul alive.

Day of the Dead cemetary

Day of the Dead cemetary

Somehow, I find that a comforting concept.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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