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Dia De Muertos en Mexico-Oaxaca: A traves de los Ojos del Alma (Through the Eyes of the Soul: Day of the Dead in Mexico) (Spanish and English Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – July, 1999


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This is the first of a four-part bilingual series, "Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead in Mexico." Each page in this photo essay appears in Spanish and English. Concentrating on the areas around P tzcuaro and Zirahuen lakes in the Mexican state of Michoac n, Andrade examines the elaborate preparations and rituals surrounding All Souls and All Saints Days (November 1st and 2d). On these days the spirits of the deceased return to consume their relatives' offerings. Photographer Andrade is an outsider who has visited different Mexican states during the Day of the Dead for many years. The book is the result of her interviews with anthropologists and inhabitants about traditions specific to their towns. She also captures each town's unique customs in beautiful color photographs throughout the book. While specific to a particular area, the book nevertheless meets a demand for information on Mexico and its customs and belongs in both public and academic libraries that have Latino-interest collections.AAna-Elba Pav?n, San Mateo Cty. P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Bookwatch Newsletter (November 1999)
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Through the Eyes of the Soul, Day of the Dead  in Mexico is a bilingual (Spanish/English) book that highlights the Day of the Dead traditions in the of Oaxaca, where author and photographer Mary Andrade showcases 95 of her color photographs which enhance her essays on the All Saints Day Altar and Biquies, tombs, artisan works, rituals, costumes, and favorite foods used to express the continued connection felt between living families and their deceased. This book will be of immense interest to students of Mexican culture and beliefs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: La Oferta Review Newspaper; 2nd edition (July 1999)
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • ISBN-10: 0966587618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966587616
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary J. Andrade has been researching the tradition of Day of the Dead in Mexico for twenty three years. This project that she started in 1987 in Janitzio, Michoacan, has taken her to different states of Mexico to gather information and to photograph a tradition that originated during the pre-Hispanic era. In 2003, Day of the Dead in Mexico was declared as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of of Humanity," by UNESCO.

These books cover for the first time, the four areas where the P'urhepecha people live in the State of Michoacan. Mary J. Andrade interviewed historians, anthropologists and experts on how Day of the Dead is celebrated in their communities.

Mrs. Andrade has presented over 155 photographic exhibits on Day of the Dead in the United States, Ecuador, Spain, France, Mexico, Egypt and Chile and has published seven other books on the subject. She has been the recipient of many international awards, such as the OHTLI, two Silver Quills and one Silver Lens presented by former presidents of Mexico, Vicente Fox and Ernesto Zedillo.

Her books on Day of the Dead in Michoacan, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Mixquic, Morelos, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala and Yucatan have also received the "Latino Literary Hall of Fame" award under different categories.

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Mary J. Andrade ha dedicado más de 20 años a investigar la tradición del Día de los Muertos en México. Este proyecto que comenzó en 1987 en Janitzio, Michoacán, la ha llevado a diferentes estados de la República Mexicana para obtener información y fotografiar esta tradición que se originó durante la época prehispánica. En el año 2003, Día de los Muertos en México fue declarada "Obra Maestra del Patrimonio Intangible de la Humanidad", por la UNESCO.

Mary J. Andrade ha entrevistado historiadores, antropólogos y cronistas en cómo se celebra la tradición en sus respectivas comunidades. Ha presentado más de 160 exposiciones fotográficas sobre el Día de los Muertos en los Estados Unidos, Ecuador, España, Francia, México Egipto y Chile y ha publicado siete libros sobre el tema. Ella ha recibido varios reconocimientos internacionales, como el OHTLI, presentado por la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México; dos Plumas de Plata y una Lente de Plata que fueron presentados por los entonces presidentes de México, Vicente Fox y Ernesto Zedillo.

Los cinco libros de la serie "A Través de los Ojos del Alma, Día de los Muertos en México" que cubren los estados de Michoacán, Oaxaca, Morelos, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala y Yucatan, así como la Ciudad de México y Mixquic, han recibido varios reconocimientos del "Salón de la Fama de la Literatura Latina".

Mary J. Andrade vive en San José, California y es editora de viajes del semanario bilingüe "La Oferta", fundado en 1978 con su esposo Franklin G. Andrade, tienen dos hijas: Verónica y Tatiana y un nieto, Alejandro Gabriel Murguía.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mary Andrade's bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Day Of The Dead In Mexico: Through The Eyes Of The Soul presents the celebration of one of Mexico's most beautiful, pre-Hispanic traditions as observed in Mexico City, Mixquic, and Morelos, when families honor their ancestors through ritual, festival, and celebration. Beautifully presented color photography enhanced the text throughout, including information on the celebratory preparations, buying of items in the marketplace (tianguis) that will be used in the altars; the offerings (ofrendas) in homage to the souls of the dad; and the cemetery vigil. Also very highly recommended for multicultural studies collections and Hispanic culture reading lists are Mary Andrade's companion volume, Day Of The Dead In Mexico: Oaxaca (0966587618) which focuses on how the festival observances in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives much insight to the celebration of Day of the Dead. It provides a lot of information of how the Day of the Dead celebration is done in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. This book is bilingual which is great.
The color photographs are outstanding.
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