Sunday, October 31, 2010
|Maxx - A Skelanimal|
Interestingly on the Huffington Post, blogger and self-described urban shaman, eco-ceremonialist, ritual expert and consultant Donna Hennes wrote about the variety of holidays around this time from different cultures, with a particular focus on Samhain and Dia de los Muertos. I find her conclusion very interesting but am somewhat doubtful Americans identify their mortality with Halloween:
We modern Americans rarely -- if ever -- think about death if we can possibly help it. We like to watch it on a big screen well enough...but in "real life," we just don't do death. This is why I think Halloween has become so poplar. It offers us a way to engage with our natural fascination with death in a way that is scary yet safe. At Halloween we get to acknowledge our fear of death while still having a good time.
If you are looking for any ideas for next year's Halloween decorations you might look to Amy Clarkson's Arts and Humanities posts from 2008 on Laurie Lipton and from 2009 on Kris Kulski.
Happy Halloween from everyone at Pallimed!
(November 1,2010 Edit: removed political statement from quote)