Travellers 21

Traveller 60. The eagle. Mexico city, Day of the Dead. For better or for worse. Montmartre. 2019. Travellers 61 and 62. Bravery. Traveller 63. Wearing a kippa (yarmulke) in the Paris metro has become dangerous. (I’ve been wanting to buy one and see what happens but they won’t let me…) Love your costume, can I…

Day of the Dead. Día de Muertos

“A serenade, Señorita?” “Have we been properly introduced?” “Can I have this dance?” Le rouge et le noir. Stendhal. (The red and the black. 1830). Danzoneros. Literally Big dance dancers. Every Friday, couples gather on the main square and dance, donning their best clothes. Day of the Dead is no exception. “Don’t mind me, I…

Call me Kate

My name is Catrina. Catherine? Kathryn? You can call me Kate. I dance with all. I dance with the old. I dance with the young, Alas. With the rich and the poor The mighty and the humble. I dance with Death. Dance with me. You can call me Kate. Another dancer at the Day of the…

A morning walk. Mexico

Life is but a walking shadow. Dancers ready to strut and fret their hour upon the stage. Day of the Dead. Mexico. November 2018. Colonial church. Tlalpan. A 20 minutes walk away. Vintage. Japanese restaurant, London street, Mexico city. Engraving and printing workshop near the house. Every Saturday, they hold a class, carve out drawings…

Day of los Muertos

Welcome! Welcome! Try our 65 Pesos menu! The Day of the Dead on November 2nd is possibly one of the oldest and strongest traditions in Mexico. I believe (no evidence) that it comes from the Chinese Ghost month, when ghosts and spirits, long-gone ancestors come back from the netherworld. In the Chinese tradition, shrines are…

Danse macabre. Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead. November 2nd. “Are you ready to dance?”   Dance the night away. One, two. One, two… One, two, Three. Day…   And night… La Dance Macabre… Dance, dance, dance… Turn, turn, turn… “Thank you for dancing with me… Until next time…” My heartfelt thanks to the Ollin Yollintizi dance company…

Pot-cinquante-pourri-seven

Spock and Scotty just came back from their fishing trip in 19th century Scotland. Spock is delighted and now rolls his R’s as a true Scot. All set and ready to explore the time-space continuum. Fasten seat belts. Scotty? Engines running? Spock? Ready to hop? (Above: the day of the Dead, Tlalpan, Mexico, 2017.) JUMP!…

Day of Muertos #2.

Fluttering eyelashes… Stage right. Stage left. Altar to the dead. The small skulls above tend to be in sugar. And often bear the names of the living. A freshly built oven. To cook “el pan de muertos”, the bread of the dead: Altars often display photographs of the departed. The old lady on top is…

Day of the dead. Día de muertos

Bienvenidos, welcome to the day of the Dead. Possibly the most important religious/traditional holiday in Mexico. The day people honour their dead and mock Death. Above: “Desayunos con sabor”, Breakfast with taste. Sound engineers on the Plaza. At the daycare… I kid you not… Altars to the dead are raised everywhere. This one is in…

Day of the Dead. Part two.

Previously on Equinoxio: the Captain and crew are in therapy after the shock of watching the world’s worst haircut after Boris “Judas” Johnson win the election of the modern Empire. In a parallel universe, Mexico celebrated the Day of the Dead. Here is the remainder of a stroll among the Dead in Tlalpan, a borough…