Friday, March 5, 2010

Día de los Muertos and other Skulls and Bones

I have always been fascinated by the 'Day of the Dead' and, though this Mexican festival is in some ways related to Spain, it's got little to do with boinas, unfortunately.

More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years. A ritual the Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate. These days the ritual is known as
Día de los Muertos.
I was delighted to find a nice link between Día de los Muertos and berets, thanks to this school-web site.
Researching further, there are a few more skeletons and skulls to be found with a beret, but the field is dominated by pretty awful Green Beret-themed badges and slogans

(it would be nice to have a search engine that filtered out all Green berets!).

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