Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019. 1:51 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Embassy of Mexico in Belize is inviting the public to celebrate ‘Día de Muertos’.
The Embassy will display an ‘Altar de Muertos’ at the Mexican Cultural Institute – Belize in Belize City, from October 31, to November 8, 2019.
The “Day of the Dead” is one of the most representative manifestations of the cultural heritage of Mexico, which has been listed as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO since 2003.
This year’s ‘ofrenda’ (offering) will be dedicated in memory of the renowned historian Dr. Miguel Leon-Portilla and visual artist/activist Francisco Toledo.
Promoter and interpreter of Nahuatl thought, literature and culture, Dr. Miguel Leon-Portilla led a movement to understand the indigenous world in all its dimensions.
One of his most popular works is The Vision of the Defeated (1959), which brings together fragments of the Nahuatl look of the conquest and was followed by other compilations of Inca and Mayan sources.
Among his best-known books are Mexicans through their chronicles and songs (1961), The reverse of the Conquest (1964), Thirteen poets of the Aztec world (1967), Poetry and thought (1972), Indigenous literature of Mexico (1992), and Fifteen poets of the Nahuatl world (1994).
Francisco Toledo was a tireless cultural promoter of numerous causes focused on the dissemination and conservation of artistic, ecological, educational and traditional heritage, focused on freedom and human rights.
Winner of the National Prize for Science and Art in the Area of Fine Arts, Toledo was the founder of numerous cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, the Juchitán House of Culture, the Jorge Luis Borges Library for the Blind, the Oaxaca Institute of Graphic Arts, the Oaxaca Paper Arts Workshop, the Center for the Arts of San Agustín Etla, the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographic Center, the Cinema Club, the Ethnobotanical Garden, the Eduardo Mata Library, the Francisco de Burgoa Library, the Ediciones Toledo Publishing House and the Guchachi Reza (Iguana Rajada) and Alcaraván magazines.
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