Friday, November 02, 2007

All Souls Day

YouTube: old travel show talking about the celebration of Día de los muertos in Mexico. Another one, a documentary (in Spanish) about the celebration in Oaxaca.

YouTube: Documentary on the Day of the Dead in Mexico.

YouTube: Día de los muertos parade/festival in Albuquerque NM. Seems like a carnival.

YouTube: All Souls Day procession in Sicily.

YouTube: All Souls Day in the Phillipines (old documentary)

YouTube: All Souls Day: Krakow short clip showing candles on graves with prayers being chanted.

YouTube: All Souls Day procession Tuscon. Speeded up!

YouTube: (For a slightly different tack on today) The Bulgarian president visits a restored military graveyard on Macedonian soil on All Souls Day (which is also an Orthodox celebration).

Time: Santa Muerte
Now appearing in New York, Houston and Los Angeles: Santa Muerte. The personage is Mexico's idolatrous form of the Grim Reaper: a skeleton — sometimes male, sometimes female — covered in a white, black or red cape, carrying a scythe, or a globe. For decades, thousands in some of Mexico's poorest neighborhoods have prayed to Santa Muerte for life-saving miracles. Or death to enemies. Mexican authorities have linked Santa Muerte's devotees to prostitution, drugs, kidnappings and homicides. The country's Catholic church has deemed Santa Muerte's followers devil-worshiping cultists. Now Santa Muerte has followed the thousands of Mexicans who've come to the U.S., where it is presenting a new challenge for American Catholic officials struggling with an increasingly multicultural population.
In November 1992, I found myself in Goa (the former Portuguese colony on the west coast of India), attending Mass with friends on All Souls Day (in Konkani, a language I can follow only a little. It's amazing just how much like Marathi it looks.), out in the cemetery, with the graves decorated brightly. This email from the Goanet list describes the celebration in a little more detail.
Today, November 2, the Catholic faithful flock to the cemeteries to pray for the dead and pay their respects to the dear departed. The graves are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles, and wherever possible, blessed by the priest. In the past, tips to a "pedo" (grave digger) would ensure a "kap" (grave cover) on the grave of the beloved deceased. There are no full time grave diggers now. Usually, a Holy Mass is celebrated in the cemetery. During the Mass the faithful wish heaven for the deceased while at the same time planning their lifestyle and living up to that. However, special Masses for the dead are celebrated in all churches and chapels throughout the day in witness to our faith in the redemption Jesus Christ has won for us and the hope of eternal life, which is the mark of every Christian. Therefore, November 2 is not a day for mourning but a day of profound spiritual rejoicing in the truth of our faith that those who believe in Christ, even if they die, will live forever.
[Which makes it all the more curious that this article in the Indian Catholic describes All Souls Day as an "Aztec holiday"! Goa was never ruled by the Aztecs!]

For all you Latinists, the Shrine of the Holy Whapping has some All Souls tidbits.

Some blog links.
Sentire Cum Ecclesia: All Souls indulgences.

Museum of the Souls in Purgatory in Rome.

Catholic Fire's All Souls post.

And to conclude this All Souls Round Up, the Dies Irae in Gregorian Chant.

The Prayer of St. Gertrude:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most precious blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.


Mac said...

Certainly a rather more compelling performance of the Dies Irae than in the Bollywood movie about Nehru's resumption of Goa (have you see it? From the mid-80s so somewhat before your time).

Gashwin said...

Hmm. I have very vague recollections about some movie on TV about the Goa-affair. Any idea what this movie might be called?