Day of the Dead

Here is a three-page cartoon in honor of the Day of the Dead.  The general story line is historically based.  Saint Odilo was called upon to select a day for All Souls Day and around 600 years later  the Aztec month-long celebration honoring the dead was moved to coincide with the Christian holy day, and the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) was born.  The most interesting account of why the Spaniards ultimately agreed to move the Aztec celebration was that they were trying to demonstrate to Spain that they were making progress converting the Aztecs to Christianity.  So even then political pressures caused compromise.

Here in Denver, several art galleries host Day of the Dead Art Shows.  My cartoon is on display at the Pirate Gallery on Navajo Street in Denver.  Pirate holds a large celebration (this year on Halloween) with lots of displays by schools, Day of the Dead Altars, Aztec dancers, and artwork.  If you’re in Denver, come on by!

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