Celebración del Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Celebration

Altar Showcase and Competition / Film Festival

Celebración del Día de los Muertos

Friday, Oct. 31st, 10am-5pm

Lindsay Young Auditorium and Atrium (first floor), John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN, United States

For more info. please contact: Paul Panaherrera (ppenaher@utk.edu) or Rossy Toledo (rtoledo@utk.edu)

Film Festival (Lindsay Young Auditorium)

La leyenda de la llorona (Full feature)

Día de Muertos en México (Documentary)

Hasta los huesos (Animation)

Maquillaje de la Catrina (Demo)

La llorona. Chavela Vargas (Music)

La leyenda del espantapájaros (Animation)

El origen del día de los muertos (Informative Capsule)

* Understanding Mexicans (Documentary)

Tien Huicani, La Bruja (Música)

* Feasts – Día de los Muertos, BBC (Documentary)

* The Day of the Dead (Documentary)

El músico y la muerte (Animation)

* Sugar Skull (Demo)

* Los Thornberrys “Día de los Muertos” (Cartoon)

Zócalo Saltillo premia los mejores Altares (News)

Día de los Muertos. El Altar (Cartoon)

Día de los Muertos en Mexquic. UNESCO. (Documentary)

La llorona, Chavela Vargas. (Music)

La dama y la muerte (Animation)

Elaboración de Calaveritas de Azúcar (Demo)

La leyenda de la llorona (News)

Día de Muertos. Concurso de la UNID 2013 (Short)

Viene la Muerte cantando (Music)

Tien Huicani, La Bruja (Música)

* Marked videos are in English.

These are some of the featured videos. Final show might vary.

Some picaresque humor, and violence might be portrayed due to the thematic nature of the show.

Please come and help us choose the best Altars.

Prices will be awarded in three categories: Most Authentic, Most Fun, and Most Creative. Everybody is invited to vote!!

*Members of teams cannot vote.


Voting will close at 4:50 p.m. Votes will be counted and the three prizes (most authentic, most creative, and the most fun) will be determined.

Prizes will be announced and awarded in the auditorium of Hodges Library at 5 p.m. on October 31. At least one representative from each team should be present to receive any awards.

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Immortal Spirits: The Pre-Columbian Afterlife

The Pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America) and Western South America believed the soul was immortal and thus practiced inhumation of the body. As in Egypt, death was not a final state, but served as the soul’s transition from one realm of existence to another. Though Pre-Columbian cultures shared beliefs about burial, they had different views about the afterlife.

Most Mesoamericans had a bleak view of life after death in which only a select group of souls went to heaven. The Aztec believed that the majority of souls descended to an underworld called Mictlan, which was ruled by the god of death, Mictlantecuhtli. In contrast, many Andean cultures of South America had a more optimistic view of the afterlife. The Inca believed the souls of virtuous individuals ascended to heaven, while evildoers lived in a cold, barren underworld. Andean treatment of the deceased’s body also reflects the positive view of death. Family members wrapped the deceased in textiles and often put colorful, animated masks on their heads. The arid environment naturally transformed the bodies into mummies, and the masks provided the desiccated bodies with a new face in the afterlife. The masks preserved the deceased’s personality and ensured the soul’s immortality. The dead continued to play an active role in the lives of relatives who worshipped their ancestors as protective spirits.http://maa.missouri.edu/exhibitions/finalfarewell/precolumbianintro.html