Dawn of the Dead

4 Mar
Photo Credit: Voxefx Photography

I caught sight of Día de los Muertos (translation: Day of the Dead) when blogger Jasmine Rodriguez (VintageVandalizm.com)  wore it as her 2009 Halloween costume and often follows the culture on her website. Lately, I am starting to seen an increasing trend in talented photographer portfolios and music videos of Lady Gaga (Born This Way) and Lil Wayne (newly released 6 ft 7 featuring Cory Gunz). Many people have often referred the tattoos of Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy to the culture of Dia de los Muertos. Is this becoming an increasing trend of 2011???

 

In her recently released video “Born This Way, Lady Gaga is shown mirroring Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy, whose make-up is often compared to Dia de los Muertos.


The history of this ritual were explained in more detail on AzCentral.com:

“More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years. A ritual the Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate. A ritual known today as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The ritual is celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of the United States, including the Valley. Celebrations are held each year in Mesa, Chandler, Guadalupe and at Arizona State University. Although the ritual has since been merged with Catholic theology, it still maintains the basic principles of the Aztec ritual, such as the use of skulls. Today, people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend, according to Mary J. Adrade, who has written three books on the ritual.”

Jasmine of VintageVandalizm.com admits that she is infatuated with Dia de los Muertos. She was inspired to do this costume after reviewing a photo collection by 666 Photography (ironic name…lol) reflecting this culture.

666 Photography “Dia De Los Muertos” Collection

In the first few minutes of Lil Wayne ft Cory Gunz “6 ft 7 video, a model dons the make-up of Dia de los Muertos (spotted at Necolebitchie.com)

http://www.freeonsmash.com/videos/embed/sstbybfv8fwixnhd/

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