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Dia de Muertos by Talty Dia de Muertos by Talty
I feel terrible for not uploading anything lately, but my stupid college is driving me crazy... I barely sleep, I barely eat, and I was sick for two weeks because not sleeping and not eating didn't exactly help me heal.

Still, I really wanted to upload this. I wanted to explain what an Ofrenda was, so I'm really sorry if it's too much text! I lost a few hours worth of sleep, but it was worth it. If you're lazy, just look at the pretty colorful images and skip all the ugly letters.

Only 5 more weeks and all my troubles will be over... if I survive 5 more weeks, that is. I'll come back with lots of new stuff, I promise.

Comments and suggestions are always much appreciated :blowkiss:
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Shelby-JoJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful and so are all the ofrendas. I'm really happy to have read this and am considering making my own. It's a sincerely sweet idea. :]

Thanks for explaining all this. Loved ittttttttttttttt
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Talty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I think it would be great if you made one! We make one every year, it's a beautiful tradition. Next year I plan to make a polymer clay miniature one for Kuja, my cat who died earlier this year. I hate that you have to wait a year to make an ofrenda T_T

If you need tips or help let me know! :la:
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Shelby-JoJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, the poor kitten! I'm sorry she passed, but it's so great to have an ofrenda for her(him?). It's such a great idea. Smart to come up with a tradition like this :3

I'll definitely give you a heads up and ask you about it. I'd like to make one for my grandmother but at the same time one for Zero (my kittie I had to put down a year ago). That would be two huh?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! Kuja was a male :giggle: but he the most feminine male cat I've seen, he was amazing and gorgeous xD

Well actually you can make one ofrenda for everyone. You make one "base" ofrenda with bread, candy, water, salt and some other stuff. Then you put a photo of each deceased loved one, a candle for each, and their favorite stuff. You don't have to make two, just put a photo of each :)
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Shelby-JoJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That sounds great :]
Thank you so much, I appreciate it!

The kitten sounds gorgeous and awfully cute :3
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!

And thanks! :la:
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Shelby-JoJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :D
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minze78 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
hello! very very beautiful! i'm from germany and i love the whole dia de los muertos idea and other mexican traditions and folk art! thank you for sharing this!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it :) You know what's interesting? I've always liked German traditions, music and architecture! It's my dream to make my Doktorgrad in Germany, I've been studying German so I can go live there :)
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minze78 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
yeah thats awesome! go for it! we have some good universities here and a lot of beautiful places :D
let me know if you have questions or anything i might be able to help you with.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011   Artisan Crafter
weee thank you so much :meow: same to you, if you ever have questions or anything about Mexico let me know!
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minze78 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
you're welcome :D
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windy-san Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Q padre q hayas hecho esto para informar de la tradición del día de muertos :D
Muy informativo y explicativo, y además una ofrenda muy padre ^^
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Muchas gracias! :D Que bueno, de hecho si me han dicho de otros países que les ha servido a entender en que consiste el día de muertos y que tenían una idea equivocada :hmm:
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windy-san Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
De nada!! :D
Ay, si! Me lo imagino!! De hecho mucha gente tiene ideas bastante erróneas de México, y siento q el día de muertos es una de esas tradiciones q se puede malinterpretar en otras culturas, x eso está super chido tu trabajo :)
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Si, alguien me dijo que tenia la idea de que el día de muertos era satanico y que adorabamos a la muerte o algo así :( como bien dices, se puede malinterpretar gravemente cuando en relaidad es una tradición muy hermosa :heart:
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windy-san Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
No manches! Q cosas!! :S Siendo q el día de muertos se trata básicamente de recordar a los seres queridos...
Lo malo es q la gente ni siquiera trata de informarse un poquito más, x pura curiosidad, uno no puede ir x la vida creyendo en los estereotipos de los países y su gente >.<
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Exactamente eso pienso :( que bueno es encontrar a alguien que piense igual que yo :meow:
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windy-san Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
x eso hay q difundir q difundir más información acerca de México XD
Jeje, lo mismo digo :D
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Talty Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Estoy de acuerdo :D
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A-dArK-SiDe-3-6-9-8 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
WOAH! Esta muy padre!
Me gustaron mucho todas las ofrendas ^^
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Muchas gracias ^^ a mi también me gustaron, todos se esforzaron mucho :D habían más pero solamente puse las que más me gustaron ;)
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A-dArK-SiDe-3-6-9-8 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Entonces q buen gusto tienes! ^^
Buen trabajo para todos los que se esforzaron!!
^^ :D
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Eekah Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this tradition!
I've loved it since several years back when a professor involved me in
making an Ofrenda for a celebration of Dia de Muertos..:love:
I've been wanting to make another one for quite some time..
Maybe I'll make one in honor of my father this year. :)
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D It's so good to know that this tradition is known and liked outside Mexico, I think that it's very pretty and can be good to see death in a more healthy way.

May I ask, why and how the professor involved you in? I want to know what can be done to involve more people in :meow:

Oh it would be wonderful if you made one for your father :D If do you, please let me know! :meow: I would love to see the photos ;) Please let me know if you need some sort of help :D
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Eekah Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It is good to see death in a more healthy way..:nod:

My professor asked me if I wanted to be involved in making
an "altar" as she called it- I suppose it was more of just an altar
than a more traditional Ofrenda...it seemed to combine elements from her
husband's culture (he is Blackfoot Native American),
perhaps Japanese culture, along with Mexican..
it was very lovely though..
but she asked me to help b/c the altar was for those that
had lost loved ones due to suicide..

The altar was surrounded by an arch of braided-together thin branches,
and there were two main hand-thrown ceramic pots (they were beautiful)..
One was the "negative" pot, and one was the "positive" pot.
There was also a large hand-thrown bowl in front with water in it and floating candles...
and to either side of the altar were large frame-like pieces
of braided branches.
(Both the arch and the frames still had green leaves on them so they were
colorful and lovely.)
Negative and positive pots, decorated by each person involved
in the creation of the altar, were also on each side of the main pots.

What people were supposed to do was write down their thoughts to their lost
loved ones on slips of paper, and place them into the appropriate pots-
or tie them to the branches on either of the frames, which were also positive and negative.

Our altar, along with SO MANY other beautiful Ofrendas and altars were displayed
in a large building were tons of people gathered to see the Ofrendas and altars,
hear music, eat wonderful traditional Mexican food, and watch traditional dances.
(They called it Dia de los Muertos..but I'm assuming that just means Day of THE Dead?..)
There were SO MANY Ofrendas! :wow:
It was absolutely spectacular.
However, I do think it would have been nice to have learned more about the
traditional way of making an Ofrenda before making one
that combined various elements of different culture's traditions.
Never-the-less, I enjoyed the altar that we made..
I believe the combination of cultures clicked well for me, and many others
that were present at the celebration, b/c our culture is really just a mix of
different cultures...so I think it really reflected that well.

A day or so after the celebration we took the negative "thoughts" and ceremonially burned them
(according to a tradition in Black Bear's culture)
and then read some of the positive thoughts aloud and, afterward, had a nice meal. :)

I used to have pictures of that altar, but I'm not sure I have them anymore..
I will definitely try to remember to take pictures if I build one in the future! :D
and thank you for the offer to help! :wave: I might need it ^^;
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AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
muy chido!me encanta dia de los muertos is mi dia favorito!!!:nod:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Gracias! :D Definitivamente es un día muy significativo, interesante y hasta entretenido! Me encanta hacer ofrenda, así que también es uno de mis días favoritos :meow:
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AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
de nada!si lo es.can i add u?
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Por supuesto :D
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AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
muchas gracias!:tighthug:
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Artisan Crafter
a ti :meow:
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AztecPrincess333 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwww thanx!:blush:
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Shadow7Zerudahime Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muy padre! Lo mejor es que la forma en que explicas hace muy accesible la lectura. Incluso alguien que nunca en su vida hubiese hecho una ofrend alo comprendería perfectamente
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Muchas gracias! :D Traté de hacerlo lo más sencillo posible pero completo para que fuera una introducción a nuestra cultura :meow: Me di cuenta que muchas personas tenían una idea errónea de lo que es día de muertos, y quería hacer algo que mostrara lo que realmente es ;) Me da gusto haberlo logrado :D
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Davekun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Bastante bueno, ojala lo tubieras en español!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Si, supongo que debería de traducirlo ;) Lo haré en cuanto pueda :D
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AeroJun Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exelentes ofrendas, yo tambien hice una, pero no gane D:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Que lástima, eso pasa :( pero para el próximo año :D Que bueno que te gustó la mia, muchas gracias ^^
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Snowfern Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
wow really informative. thank you for sharing ^ ^
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D Glad you liked it :meow:
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MarillTachiquin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Wow, no hago un altar de muertos desde que estaba en prepa! Y en secundaria tambien haciamos los caminos con aserrin coloreado. Sobra decir que los 3 a;os mi salon gano jejeje ;)

Les quedo bien bonito. Muy tradicional y tipico, aunque, a mi gusto, le falaron mas simbolos, como el espejo, el perro, etc. para que estuviera mas completo.

Las fotos me encantaron. Me fascina todo lo antiguo y la historia que esa imagen encierra =)
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Talty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   Artisan Crafter
hehe es una tradición muy linda :D que bueno que tu salón haya ganado! obvio, cuando se hace el camino de aserrín coloreado se ganan muchos puntos! ninguno de nosotros sabía hacerlo, así que tuvimos que dejarlo fuera :(

pues si tenemos espejo! está en el piso superior, a la izquierda de la foto más grande! es lo que parece un marco vacío, pero es que no estaba reflejando nada :lol: y no sabía que se le pusiera un perro, para que es el perro?

Gracias! :D Me da gusto que te haya gustado :aww:
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MarillTachiquin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Creo que se pintaba metiendolo en una bolsa con algo de pintura diluida en agua o colorante de comida en agua, lo agitabas y luego lo dejabas secar. Luego pones un plastico de fondo y comienzas a adornar, y asi es mas facil limpiar jeje

Creo que el perro era para guiar de vuelta a la persona. Por eso los aztecas enterraban a sus muertos con xoloscuintles para que los guiaran en su camino =)

Habia muchisimos simbolos mas, pero ya se me olvidaron jeje
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Que interesante, a ver si el próximo año convenzo a mis compañeros de que pintemos el aserrín! :meow:

Gracias por decirme lo del perro, el próximo año buscaré uno lindo :D
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks for posting this - I'm not too informed about Dia de Muertos, so I enjoyed reading and looking at the pretty photos in your post. I think it's a wonderful tradition, now that I know more about it. I used to be confused by it and thought it was a little strange, but now that I see what it's really about, I understand and appreciate it a bit more. :) Remembering our loved ones that have passed on is a good thing. Just because they aren't physically here anymore doesn't mean they should be forgotten.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   Artisan Crafter
It makes me happy to know that you liked the tradition and even learned something! :giggle: it was worth it then. I think that some people are very misinformed and think that this is a very different tradition from what it really is, I've heard some really weird stuff about it, almost as if it were satanic xD

But it really isn't ;)
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that is unfortunate. I think when people don't understand something, they automatically associate it with negative things. Or that's just the way it seems most of the time. But I'm glad I understand this tradition more now, and it's all thanks to you, so THANKS! :XD:
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Talty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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k-r-y-p-t-o Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009   Artisan Crafter
:wow: I learned a lot through this post. Thank you so much for sharing!! And I have to say that I like all Ofrendas so much!! Very beautiful works!! :) :hug:
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