Skull Love

Tendril Skull 5 72On January 30, 2013 my Facebook post of this image resulted in the following comment:
Satan is the master of death, he is behind this stupid fascination with skulls.

Response:
Lol…You have a skull. Satan has nothing to do with it. It’s just a (beautiful) structural piece of our human anatomy.

But what is it about the skull that so intrigues us?

 

History of Skull Love

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Latin American holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gathering family and friends to remember loved ones who have died. It is predominantly celebrated in Mexico, where it’s a national holiday. Traditions associated with this holiday involve building private altars and honoring the deceased by visiting their graves. People bring gifts of sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods of the departed.

Although the origins of the modern Mexican holiday can be traced to Aztec Festivals honoring the Goddess Mictecacihuatl, Dia de los Muertos has now spread throughout the world. In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades. At the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe as well as in many Asian and African cultures.

References
wikipedia.com
obsessedwithskulls.com
Historian, Harley Owners Club, Kingwood, Texas Chapter
Carlos Miller, The Arizona Republic
Gerald Erichsen, About.com

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