Dia De Los Muertos// Inspiration Compilation 3

I really need to start blogging more....sorry! I love all my followers though, for putting up with me :)
So I was planning on doing a post about my favorite picks of Paris fashion week, but it's taking me forever to get through all the shows on style, so I've decided to do another Inspiration Compilation, since I haven't done one in a while.

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Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the Latin American holiday celebrating deceased friends and family members. Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages as well as photos and memorabilia of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so that the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Depending on the country where it is celebrated, people also dance and wear skeleton masks or paint their faces, in memory of the deceased.

I've always been fascinated with this holiday and the history of it, and it's inspired me to do a 'dia-de-los-muertos' themed shoot. I have this journal filled with thousands of pages of pictures and poems and fabric, all inspiration for potential photoshoots with my bestie Taryn. I have yet to actually do one of my thousand shoots, because time is not my friend. But these pictures are definitely going in my journal! Enjoy!

Images via: google search, Zim Killgore, and Loupiote

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P.S. Go check out my BFF Taryn's shopping blog! Theodora Vintage IT'S GLORIOUS.


Sarah said...

This makeup is so cool. I'm following you too now:)

Meg said...

i've always thought that this holiday was so interesting. the make up is awesome!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Great inspiration for halloween!

little shadow said...

Day of the Dead fascinates me, I remember I first heard about it on an episode of Lizzie McGuire!

Ariadne said...

WOW!Great pics!!

ANN said...

I've never heard of this holiday, but I'm glad to be enlightened now! It seems so interesting and so do the pictures!