Mexican Days of the Dead: From the Aztec City of Sacrifice to Chicano/a Murals

August 13th, 2008 by Editor

9_day_ofthe_dead.gifWednesday, November 12, 4 p.m., Lincoln Campus Center, Rm. 917

DAVID CARRASCO, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, Harvard Divinity School; author, City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization

Drawing on twenty years of research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Professor Carrasco’s work explores ritual violence and sacred space; his work makes special emphasis on the religious dimensions of Latino experience: mestizaje, the myth of Aztlan, transculturation, and La Virgen de Guadalupe.

Read Michael King’s comments on the recent event:”The process of valuing human life manifests itself in many different forms while varying significantly across cultures. At a recent Feinberg Lecture Series event, David Carrasco, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, delivered a presentation regarding the valuation of life in Mexico. Speaking to a packed room in the Campus Center with more than 100 attendees, the lecture focused on how human life and death are ritualized in Mexican culture. Using case studies of specific aspects of Mexican culture, Professor Carrasco gave the audience insight into how one culture values human life through its respect, reverence and actions toward the dead.” READ MORE

Michael King is a BA candidate at the University of Massachusetts.

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