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What the comforting, not creepy, Día de los Muertos can teach us
What the comforting, not creepy, Día de los Muertos can teach us

Día de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday in Mexico and parts of the U.S., including the Southland, but unlike Halloween, it’s not a fright fest. “The Mexican … is familiar with death,” wrote Nobel-prize-winning poet Octavio Paz, who was born in Mexico City. “[He] jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.” Which may explain some of the underpinnings of a celebration that embraces death as another phase of life. You’ll see skeletons and hollow-eyed faces painted to look like skulls and you’ll see pan de...

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