On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico's Day of the Dead (Hardcover)

On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico's Day of the Dead By Ann Murdy, Denise Chávez (Other), Cesáreo Moreno (Other) Cover Image

On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico's Day of the Dead (Hardcover)


2021 Southwest Book Design Awards Best Photography/Art Book, Best Bilingual, and Best in Show for a hardcover book (New Mexico Book Association)2019 Winner of the Gold Medal for Best Multicultural Book of the Year Foreword INDIES AwardFinalist for Best Art Book of the Year from Latino Literacy Now's 2020 International Latino Book AwardsHonorable Mention for the Best Arts Book category of the International Latino Book AwardsFinalist for Best Multicultural book of the year award from the annual New Mexico/Arizona book awardsOne of the most enduring portrayals of Mexico's famous Day of the Dead ceremony.

Photographer Ann Murdy has been documenting the celebrations around Day of the Dead (D a de los Muertos) in Mexico for more than twenty years. A native of Los Angeles, she first started collecting Chicano art in the 1990s and was drawn to Mexico by the vibrancy of its culture and traditions. She loved the rich colors she found everywhere such as the flowers adorning the ofrendas or altars to the dead to the dusky yellow of the marigolds lining pathways leading to the ofrendas in both private homes and cemeteries.

As Murdy's hauntingly beautiful images show, in Mexico death is considered a part of life and something to be celebrated rather than feared. El d a de los muertos (which actually lasts two days on November 1-2) is a time to gather with friends and families to feast, pray, dance, and honor the lives of those who have died. From the preparation of the food and flowers to the sanctification of the public and private spaces, to the ceremony itself, Murdy captures the spirit, beauty, and magic of this sacred observance.

On the Path of Marigolds features ninety of Murdy's most stunning images of celebrations from three villages--Teotitl n del Valle in Oaxaca, Huaquechua in Puebla, and the communities around Lake P tzcuaro in Michoac n--along with a conversation between her and Ces ro Moreno, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and an essay by Mexican-American writer Denise Ch vez.
Product Details ISBN: 9781938086724
ISBN-10: 1938086724
Publisher: George F Thompson Publishing
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2019
Pages: 176
Language: Spanish