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Ethnic Studies

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Day of the Dead is an Evolving, Nuanced Holiday

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Imperial Valley Press -- Long thought to help the dearly departed on their journey through the underworld, the personalized items that decorate an altar or gravesite on Dia de los Muertos can be as varied as the personalities they are supposed to aid.

Decorations can be photos, flowers, toys, as well as a favorite dish, drink or liquor.

In essence, Dia de los Muertos is an acknowledgement of an individual’s duality and offers an opportunity to reconcile life and death in a personalized way.

“In order for us to recognize life, we have to acknowledge death,” said Alberto López Pulido, an ethnic studies and sociology professor at the University of San Diego. “We understand and are sensitive to our duality.” (Full Story

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