For your Learning Journal entry this week, respond to the following prompt:
- After learning about the Day of the Dead in this module, answer the following prompt in a focused response:
- How is the holiday a unique expression and representation of Latin American culture? Provide examples and tie them in with what you have learned about Latin American identity in this module.
- **BONUS: Create your own Day of the Dead altar complete with its components. It can be dedicated to a loved one or even a famous or historical figure you admire. Upload an image of your altar and brief explanation in your journal entry to receive 10 POINTS extra credit.
- Journal entries should average 250 words each (more is fine; it will be difficult to make substantive reflections in much less than this).
- Clearly label (number your journal entry)
- Your entries will be kept private and are meant to help you deepen your understanding of the course concepts and also help you generate ideas for your final project.
- Make sure to proofread and revise your posts. Even though these entries are personal, it is still expected that you produce college-level writing.
THE DAY OF THE DEAD:
While the Latin American holiday el Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) can trace its origins to Pre-Columbian traditions, through transculturation of indigenous and European customs it has evolved into a unique festival of death and remembrance. Not to be confused with Halloween, the Day of the Dead consists of specific rituals and customs that take place annually from October 31 to November 2. Skeleton and skull motifs that dominate Day of the Dead decorations have been heavily influenced by the Mexican visual arts of the early 20th century like those of Jose Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo.