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Dog Days of the Dead

I found this interesting little tidbit on Mexican Day of the Dead traditions while browsing about:

"In each household, which is the center of the cult of the dead, it is believed that the souls of the dead have taken a journey to the world beyond. The souls of good people travel a straight and narrow path to another world, while the souls of bad people travel a wide and labyrinthine way. All souls arrive at a deep and broad river that can only be crossed with the help of a dog, which lifts the souls on his shoulders and carries them over to the other side. In Tlaxcala, at least, it is believed that the bad souls would be refused transportation across the river, while good souls could persuade the dog to carry them more easily if they had coins that were placed in the mouth or the hand of the dead at their funerals. In many communities it is believed that dogs must be treated well in this life because they are spirit helpers in the next."

Carrasco, David. 1998. Religions of Mesoamerica: Cosmovision and Ceremonial Centers. Long Grove: Waveland Press. pp. 143-144


Also in it seems the LDS church is up in arms over HBO's Big Love showing recreations of their temple ceremonies and have released a short video about their temples in response.

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chronarchy From: chronarchy Date: March 14th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Carrasco has a lot of great things to say, in general.
white9_fox From: white9_fox Date: March 16th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mexican Death traditions are always fascinating. What's also interesting is to see parallels between cultures, like the eye coins and rivers.

Still conflicted over LDS people though. The difference sects makes it even more confusing.
ns_kumiho From: ns_kumiho Date: March 17th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Still conflicted over LDS people though. The difference sects makes it even more confusing.

From the ones I've known and even lived with they tend to be better people on the whole than most other sects (crazy fundamentalist groups excepted).
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