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The images of the left are of the different sizes and kinds of retablos. The images of the right are of the interactive retablo described in the blog below. You can see the names of the people in the last image.
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Often at this time of the year, I often dream of someone who has passed on. In these dreams they need assistance. I often meet them in an airport which is a sort of way station between different locations. To be clear, this happens at other times of the year too. Do you dream of people who have passed on?
When this occurs, they need something so they can continue their journey. I provide assistance and then I don’t dream of them again. The person is not someone I think about very often so it is out of my thoughts. This can happen with people I do not know as well.
This year I had someone die unexpectedly in an auto accident. He was assisting someone, on the side of the road and he died. Their death was very unexpected and a surprise because they were not ill. I was grateful they did not have to suffer a long disease or decline in their physical, mental, emotional health.
In Tucson, Arizona there is a significant community who engage in the Dio de Los Muertos tradition. This year there was an art installation of different retablos at a gallery I attended. Retablos are considered folk art dedicated to a tradition. It is often related to Catholicism, but it has morphed into a folklore practice of its own for Dio de Los Muertos. The artists are limited only by their creativity. However, the retablos have a specific size. I like the tradition of remembering and honoring those who have passed over.
My favorite retablo is the one that has the old rotted metal pot. The three images for this retablo are on the right side.The instructions were to write the names of those people you wanted to include in remembering. I placed the names of those I dream about, when I know them, and also my friend who died recently in the auto accident. I liked this retablo so much I will include a version of this in the future where ever I am so whoever is around can also have that opportunity to remember. Perhaps you will be inspired to create something like this for yourself, and/or friends and family whether they are geographically close or at a distance.
Do you have a tradition or way you remember those who have passed over? I know we never get over those people or animals who have crossed over although some people think we should. We carry them with us in our hearts. And we live to fulfill our potential so that we honor their spirit and presence in our lives.