DIA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD
Bibliography of Encyclopedias, Books, Videos and Periodicals
TABLE OF CONTENTS
REF AE 61 .M4 1998
Enciclopedia de Mexico. Ciudad de Mexico: 2003
Look under "Muertos, Dia de" p. 5652-53
REF BX 841 .N44 2003
New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. Detroit: Thomson/Gale 2003.
Look under "All Saints Day" and "All Souls Day" p. 288-291.
Annotated Bibliography on Dia de los Muertos
GT4995 .A4 H34 1999
Amado, Elisa. UN BARRILETE PARA EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
This delightful children’s book explains, through the eyes of a child, Juan, the traditions of Day of the Dead as carried out in the village of Santiago Sacatepéquez in Guatemala. Although the village is small, it is well known for its tradition of creating and flying the biggest kites (barrilletes) in the world. Juan watches and helps as his family members build and fly this large and beautifully colored kite to honor the memory of his grandfather. Well illustrated with photographs of the village and countryside. (Spanish)
F1210 .A75 1993
Ancona, George. PABLO REMEMBERS: THE FIESTA OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1993.
Pablo misses his grandmother, who passed away two years ago. However, he understands that on the Day of the Dead, his abuela’s spirit will come to visit his family and he will celebrate her memory. The book is illustrated with wonderful photographs taken by the author, depicting the celebrations in Oaxaca, Mexico. Glossary included. (English with Spanish vocabulary)
GT 4995 .A4 A7 1998
Andrade, Mary J. A TRAVÉS DE LOS OJOS DEL ALMA: DIA DE MUERTOS EN MÉXICO, MICHOACÁN: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SOUL: DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO, MICHOACAN. San Jose, CA: La Oferta Review, 1998.
Begun in 1987 as a research project, this is the first book in the series “Through the Eyes of the Soul” which now numbers four volumes. Andrade has concentrated in each book on a different area of Mexico. This first volume encompasses the state of Michoacan, where she focuses on the Lake Patzcuaro region and the surrounding communities. This particular area has become very well known for its Dia de los Muertos activities and has attracted many tourists, although as one can see through the photographs, the original traditions remain strong. Regional recipes (pan de muertos) also included. (English and Spanish)
GT 4995 .A4 A3 1999
Andrade, Mary J. A TRAVES DE LOS OJOS DEL ALMA, DIA DE MUERTOS EN MEXICO, OAXACA: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE SOUL, DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO, OAXACA. San Jose, CA: La Oferta Review, 1999.
The second book in the aforementioned series, Andrade concentrates on the traditions in the area of Oaxaca, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the surrounding areas. Beautifully illustrated with photographs taken by the author, the book also includes maps, poems and regional recipes. (English and Spanish)
GT 4995 .A4 A527 2000
Andrade, Mary J. DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO. MEXICO CITY, MIXQUIC & MORELOS. San Jose, CA: La Oferta Review, 2000.
The third book in the series, Andrade focuses on Mexico City, Mixquic and Morelos, including its capital, Cuernevaca. This book is more profusely illustrated with her color photographs, while continuing to provide maps, regional recipes and a good explanation of the various elements present in the offering (altars, ofrendas) and their significance. (English and Spanish)
GT 4995 .A4 A52 2001
Andrade, Mary J. DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO: PUEBLA, TLAXCALA, SAN LUIS POTOSI, HIDALGO. San Jose, CA: La Oferta Review, 2002.
The fourth and largest book in the series, Andrade concentrates on four states: Pueble, Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosi and Hidalago. She has interviewed historians, experts and anthropologists in her research and travels widely in the area. It is obvious through her photographs, that Andrade has a love of the subject and can establish an ease and rapport with her subjects. She also includes recipes, illustrated with photographs and a section on proverbs about death. (English and Spanish)
GT 4995 .A4 A554 2001
GT Andrade, Mary J. LA VELACION DE LOS ANGELITOS. San Jose, CA; La Oferta Review, 2001.
Illustrated with photographs and paintings, this bilingual children’s book explains all the activities and preparations for the Dia de los Muertos, on the Island of Janitizio, in the middle of Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Besides adding to the children’s literature on this topic, the author’s stated purpose is to help teach children to maintain the traditions of their parents, regarding this celebration. Includes bilingual glossary. (English and Spanish)
NE 546 .P6 A32
Art Institute of Chicago. POSADA, PRINTMAKER TO THE MEXICAN PEOPLE. Chicago, 1944.
Exhibition catalog of the works of José Guadalupe Posada held in 1944 at the Art Institute of Chicago. The text is written by Fernando Gamboa, a well-known Posada biographer, and includes his famous essay entitled “The Man, His Art and Times.” Besides the reproductions of the works in the exhibit, the catalog contains a descriptive listing of 807 of Posada’s engraved works as well as an excellent bibliography and glossary. (English)
GT 4995 .A4 A78 2002
Artes de Mexico. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: SERENIDAD RITUAL. Mexico, D.F., 2002.
A Spanish language serial that dedicates special art issues to particular topics. In this edition, the Dia de los Muertos traditions are explained and photographed in different pueblos in Mexico. A collection of essays accompany the photographs. (English and Spanish)
PT3919 .T7 M128
Barrow, Leo L. and Robert M. Hammond. MACARIO: A TEXTBOOK BASED ON A FILMSCRIPT
BY B. TRAVEN. Riverside, CA: J.B. Blanchard, 1973.
GT 4814 .A2 R57 1994
Beezley, William H., et. al. RITUALS OF RULE, RITUALS OF RESISTANCE: PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS AND POPULAR CULTURE IN MEXICO. Wilmington: SR Books, 1994.
An interesting collection of scholarly essays dealing with ritual and popular culture in various areas of Mexico. Although no one essay is dedicated to the Day of the Dead, the theme runs through many of the scholarly presentations and is useful to demonstrate historical resistance to Spanish rule. Photographs and extensive chapter notes. (English)
NE 546 .P6 B47 1972
Berdecio, Roberto and Stanley Applebaum. POSADA'S POPULAR MEXICAN PRINTS: 273 CUTS BY JOSE GUADALUPE POSADA. New York: Dover Publications, 1972.
The editors selected 273 cuts to be representative of Posada’s work. As far as possible, the authors let the prints speak for themselves, although a good deal of biographical information on Posada is provided. Good, clear reproductions of the prints as well as a commentary on the illustrations and a brief bibliography are included. (English)
GT 4995 .A4 C37 1992
Carmichael, Elizabeth and Chloe Sayer. THE SKELETON AT THE FEAST: THE DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1992.
This is a classic in the field of Day of the Dead books, with much emphasis on the folk art aspects of the holiday. Papel picado (cut paper), calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls), papier-mâché works of the renowned Linares family of artists are all included. Especially interesting are the interviews with artists and craftspeople who prepare the fiesta items. Lavishly illustrated with black and white and color photographs. Index and glossary and illustration list included. (English)
REF GT 3930 F65 1998
FOLKLORE OF WORLD HOLIDAYS. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1991.
(Day of the Dead on p. 545-547.)
NE 546 .P6f73 1998
Frank, Patrick. POSADA’S BROADSHEETS; MEXICAN POPULAR IMAGERY, 1890-1910. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.
An examination of the work of one of the most important graphic artists of Mexico, this book concentrates on Posada’s broadsheets, who’s subjects were taken from the headlines of the day: murders, calamities and disasters, the revolution and other public topics. The text represents a scholarly study, which not only sheds new light on Posada, but also puts his work in the modern context. The final chapter details Posada’s re-discovery in the 1920’s. Extensive chapter notes and bibliography included. (English)
GT 4995 .A4 G37 1998
Garciagodoy, Juanita. DIGGING THE DAYS OF THE DEAD; A READING OF MEXICO'S DIAS DE MUERTOS. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 1998.
An excellent sociological and anthropological scholarly work devoted to exploring the meaning behind the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The author traveled to Mexico to many of the areas where these celebrations are most famous: Toluca, Xochimilco, Mixquic, etc. She conducted numerous interviews, took photographs and collected experiences. There is a chapter on pre-Hispanic and peninsular traces in the celebrations as well as a chapter on Dia de los Muertos vs. Halloween. Numerous color photographs, black and white prints, index, references, appendix with Nahuatl poetry, literary calaveras, glossary and notes. (English)
R 726.8 .G68 1994
Gonzalez-Crussi, F. DAY OF THE DEAD: AND OTHER MORTAL REFLECTIONS. New York: Harvest Books, 1994.
Six essays by pathologist Gonzalez-Crussi take the reader on a journey involving rituals of death, autopsy, graveyards, etc. In “The Grin of the Calavera,” he recounts his travel to Mexico, specifically the cemetery in Xochilmilco, a suburb of Mexico City, for the Day of the Dead celebrations on November 1 and 2. His essay details the history of the muertos celebrations and its roots in Aztec ritual, along with his personal observation on the traditions. Chapter notes included. (English)
GT 4995 .A4 G74 1998
Greenleigh, John. THE DAYS OF THE DEAD: MEXICO'S FESTIVAL OF COMMUNION WITH THE DEPARTED. Rohnert Park, CA: Pomegranate, 1998.
More of a photo essay, this book illustrates Day of the Dead traditions through a series of photographs taken between 1985 and 1990, as the author traveled through Michoacan, Morelos, Oaxaca and Mexico City. The photographs are beautifully presented and the accompanying text compliments them well. A true sense of the meaning of this very unique Mexican celebration comes through clearly to the reader, who is struck by the passion, color and richness of the photographs. (English and Spanish)
BL 2530 .M4 G88 1997
Gutiérrez, Ramón A. HOME ALTARS OF MEXICO. Photographs by Dana Salvo. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.
Large scale color photographs lovingly depict the home altars, “altarcitos” of the indigenous people of southern Mexico. The altars represent the traditions not only of Dia de los Muertos, but other holidays (Christmas) and some are permanently kept throughout the year. The people represented here include the Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Purepecha Indians of Michoacan, the Chamulas and Zinacantan tribes in Chiapas as well as some other isolated groups. In addition to the photographs, the essays by scholars in the field, provide a historical and cultural background to the construction of these altars in modern times. (English)
PS 3558 .A6425 D5 1997
Harrington, Kent. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD (a novel). Los Angeles: Dennis McMillan Pubs., 1997.
This novel is set in Tijuana, a Mexican border town with San Diego, California, on the Day of the Dead. The story swirls around a DEA agent, Vincent Calhoun and his partner Castro, a crooked “judicial” (judicial policeman) and their entwined lives as coyotes, crossing illegal aliens across the border. (English)
GT 4995 .A4 H69 1994
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. DAY OF THE DEAD: A MEXICAN-AMERICAN CELEBRATION. New York: Holiday House, 1994.
A children’s book wonderfully illustrated with color photographs of Dia de los Muertos activities in Sacramento, CA, including decorating sugar skulls, preparing the altar (ofrenda) at home and visits to the cemetery and gravesites of the deceased relatives. Also included is material on the ancient religious origins of the celebration and the influence of Aztec beliefs and All Saints Day on the holiday. Emphasis is on how Mexican-American families keep the traditions from their homeland alive. Glossary. (English)
PZ7 .J6478 1997
Johnson, Tony. DAY OF THE DEAD. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1997.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book starts with the family making preparations for the annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. The family make mole, pan de muertos, tamales and bring flowers, candy and other treats to the cemetery to remember their grandfather and grandmother, los abuelos. (English with some Spanish)
PZ7 .K7 1994
Krull, Kathleen. MARIA MOLINA AND THE DAYS OF THE DEAD. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994.
A beautifully illustrated children’s story telling of Maria Molina and how her family prepares for the Day of the Dead celebrations honoring her baby brother, Pablo, who died as an infant. She also learns that when she goes to live in the United States, although she will celebrate Halloween, she can still carry her traditions with her. Suggestions for further reading as well as a recipe for pan de muertos (bread of the dead) included. (English)
PZ73 .L485 1995
Levy, Janice. THE SPIRIT OF TIO FERNANDO: A DAY OF THE DEAD STORY. Monton Grove IL: A. Whitman, 1995.
Little Fernando starts this special day learning about all the things he and his mother will do to honor the spirit of his uncle, Tio Fernando. The beautiful illustrations capture the heart of this festival and the text on opposite pages in English and Spanish, clearly explains the significance of all the activities related to the celebration. (English and Spanish)
PZ73 .L814 1998
Luenn, Nancy. A GIFT FOR ABUELITA: CELEBRATING THE DAY OF THE DEAD. Flagstaff, AZ: Rising Moon, 1998.
This is the story of Rosita, who was very close to her abuelita (grandmother) and how she decided what to make as a gift for her, to bring to the celebrations of Dia de los Muertos, after her grandmother passes away. Differently illustrated with cast-paper, wet paper pulp the consistency of oatmeal, dried in a mold and then painted. Short glossary. (English and Spanish)
F 1208 .M622 1993
Naggar, Carole and Fred Ritchin, editors. MEXICO THROUGH FOREIGN EYES, 1850-1990: VISTO POR OJOS EXTRANJEROS. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993.
A wonderful collection of mostly black and white photographs taken by non-Mexicans spanning a 140-year period. Among the photographers are famous names, such as Tina Modotti, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson and others. The essay on Dia de los Muertos by Sergei Eisenstein is accompanied by still photos from his film “Que Viva Mexico!” in 1931. Short biography for each photographer is included. (English and Spanish)
NE546 .P6 A47 1992
Posada, José Guadalupe. JOSÉ GUADALUPE POSADA, ILUSTRADOR DE LA VIDA MEXICANA. Mexico: Fondo Editorial de la Plastica Mexicana, 1963.
A large coffee-table size book which boasts the most comprehensive collection of Posada’s prints in one volume. The prints are divided into chapters by subjects, national history, calamities, religion, day of the dead, calaveras, love, etc. Most are black and white reproductions but some are reproduced in original colors, especially the smaller prints, with accompanying text. Large index of illustrations and comprehensive chronology of events included. (Spanish)
F1219.3 .S57 R43 1986
Reck, Gregory G. IN THE SHADOW OF TLALOC: LIFE IN A MEXICAN VILLAGE. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1986.
A record of anthropological research carried out during 1967 and again later in 1969-70 in the small town of Jonotla, located in the mountains of the state of Puebla. The chapter on Day of the Dead gives an intimate look into the celebration through the eyes of Don Chalo, the individual on whose experiences, in a time of transition for the village, the book is based. Photographs and appendix. (English)
F1391 .T3 R31
Redfield, Robert. TEPOZTLAN: A MEXICAN VILLAGE: A STUDY OF FOLKLIFE. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1930.
A classic ethnographic study of the people of Tepoztlan conducted from November 1926 through July 1927. The chapter on “The Ritual of Life and Death,” as well as the Tepoztlan “Book of Days,’ provide insight into the small Mexican village and its customs of Day of the Dead. Index and bibliography, appendices, maps and photographs included. (English)
NC 1460 .P67 R58 1996
Rius, A. POSADA: EL NOVIO DE LA MUERTE. Mexico: Grijalbo, 1996.
A short biography of the noted Mexican graphic artist, Jose Guadalupe Posada, complete with good reproductions of his works, although on a small scale. Traces his early work in Leon and includes some actual photographs of Posada, his home and family. A good book to begin an understanding of this famous artist whose calaveras are now so closely associated with Dia de los Muertos. (Spanish)
GT4995 .A4 R65 1991
Rohde, Teresa E. EL DIA DE MUERTOS. Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Patria, 1991.
A picture book for children, in the Colecion Pinata series, which aims to bring cultural and national fiestas and holidays into the teaching environment. Large, colorful illustrations are accompanied by large type text appropriate for young children or beginning Spanish language learners. Section of suggested activities relating to Dia de los Muertos included. (Spanish)
GT4965 .H32 1994
Santino, Jack. HALLOWEEN AND OTHER FESTIVALS OF DEATH AND LIFE. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994.
A comprehensive collection of essays examining the history and significance of Halloween from its earliest Celtic origins to the modern day. Kay Turner and Pat Jasper write the chapter entitled “Day of the Dead: The Tex-Mex Tradition” as their contribution, which originally accompanied an exhibit of the same name. The traditions of these Mexican-Americans families and communities are based in the indigenous celebrations of this festival in Mexico proper, but have achieved their own peculiar interpretation in south Texas. References and notes included. (English)
LB1537 .S25 1994
Salinas-Norman, Bobbi. INDO-HISPANIC FOLK ART TRADITIONS II. Oakland, CA: Piñata Publications, 1994.
Culturally based year round co-operative and individual activities for K-Adult, with an emphasis on Day of the Dead. The activities are divided into folk art, food/nutrition and cooking, geography, social sciences, maps, research skills and language arts. Also included is a reference list of books about death for children, an extensive vocabulary list and a bibliography. (English and Spanish)
Traven, B. Macario. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960.
Considered a long short story, the setting is a poor village in the mountains of Mexico on the Day of the Dead. It is the story of Macario, a poor peasant who has been hungry all his life. Traven portrays Macario as being closer to death than to life, and as the fantasy, which Macario creates becomes his life, it also eventually becomes his death. The novel has become a classic Mexican movie of the same name. (Spanish)
Toor, Frances. A TREASURY OF MEXICAN FOLKWAYS. New York: Crown Publishers, 1947
Another classic in the field, this book includes 165 photographs, 10 color plates, 100 drawings and over 100 songs with music and words in English and Spanish. Toor’s work is more akin to an encyclopedia of Mexican folklore, which although written in the late 1940’s, is still referred to today. Her chapter on Dia de los Muertos gives an overview of the traditions and then specifically highlights the rituals in Oaxaca among the Zapotecs, the Tzeltales of Chiapas, the Mayas of the Yucatan, and the Tarascans of Janitzio on Lake Patzcuaro. Notes, bibliography, glossary, and index. (English)
Trenchard, Kathleen. MEXICAN PAPERCUTTING. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998
GT4965 .H32 1994
Turner, Kay and Pat Jasper. "Day of the Dead: the Tex-Mex Tradition." in HALLOWEEN AND OTHER FESTIVALS OF DEATH AND LIFE. Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, c1994.
GT4995 .A5 1998
ANIMECHA KEITSITACUA OFRENDA PARA LAS ANIMAS [Night of the Dead
offering for the soul] (videorecording) Pátzcuaro, Mexico: Bramaro Films, 1998.
The Day of the Dead ritual in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán and surrounding villages. [in Spanish]
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 C4 1992
Cudney, Roger. CELEBRATING THE DAY OF THE DEAD [videorecording] Huntsville, TX: Educational Video Network, c1992.
Presents Mexican customs relating to the care and remembrance of the dead. Discusses the imposition of Spanish Catholicism on traditional Indian beliefs and the purpose in celebrating the Day of the Dead.
GT4995 .A4 D39 1999
DAY OF THE DEAD [videorecording]. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999, c1996.
Presents the annual commemoration of the Day of the Dead as it is celebrated on the
island of La Picanda.
GT4995 .A4 D395
DAY OF THE DEAD IN JANITZIO [videorecording] Inside Mexico [distributed by]
Teacher's Discovery, 1995.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 D52 1998
THE DAY OF THE DEAD [videorecording] New York, NY: Calavera Productions, 1998.
A sometimes humorous, sometimes somber look at the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995.A4 F65 2001
FLICKERING LIGHT [videorecording] Tucson, AZ: CRIZMAC, Arts & Cultural
Education Materials, Inc., c2001.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 H6 1996
Lomas Garza, Carmen. HOMENAJE A TENOCHTITLAN [videorecording] Berkeley, CA: I.V. Studios, c1996.
Interviewed in 1992 as she creates, Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza installs a large ofrenda (altar) dedicated to the Aztecs of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) and a smaller ofrenda to "La Malinche." She explains the significance of the Dia de los Muertos celebration and the symbolism of the special items she created as offerings to her ancestors and mentors. The exhibition was installed in the Smith College Museum of Art, Oct. 2-Nov. 22, 1992.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 M3 1998
MACARIO [videorecording] Los Angeles, CA: Connoisseur Video Collection, c1998.
An allegorical portrayal of poverty, hunger, and death in a 16th century Mexican village.
VIDEO-CIRC GT 4995 .A4 M53 1996
MICHOACAN, NOCHE DE MUERTOS [videorecording] Cuernavoca, Mexico.
Comunicacion Integral Professional Cuernavoca Producciones, 1996.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 R58 1992
Olvera, Alfonso. RITES OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD [videorecording] Mexico.
Paramusica [distributor], 1992.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 0473 1992
Portillo, Lourdes and others. LA OFRENDA: THE DAYS OF THE DEAD [videorecording] Santa Monica, CA: direct Cinema Ltd, 1990.
Presents a non-traditional look at the ceremonies and rituals observed in the Mexican culture, in both Mexico and the United States, to celebrate the Days of the Dead (November 1 and 2).
VIDEO-CIRC GT4965 .C36 1994
Richards, Denise. CALAVERAS [videorecording] San Francisco, CA: Dog's Life Productions, 1996
Interviews with individuals about the Hispanic Day of the Dead involving the belief that the spirits of the dead return to this world each year for one day only. Includes the custom of building altars in the honor of the dead.
VIDEO-CIRC GT4995 .A4 F6 1999
Thompson, Jan. FOOD FOR THE ANCESTORS [videorecording] Arlington, VA:
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