Ofrenda, Mexic-Arte Museum - Austin, Texas

Ofrenda, Mexic-Arte Museum – Austin, Texas

I have to admit that I don’t have much of an understanding of Mexican culture. Though, it might be slightly better than the average person in the U.S. That’s not much of an excuse, considering Mexico is only 250 miles south of Austin and the Country of Texas borders Mexico.

Perhaps it’s a bit embarrassing to say that I might have learned more about Mexico from the recent heart-warming Disney/Pixar movie, Coco. I’ve gone to the Dia de los Muertos parades for many years now, so I’m familiar with some of the symbols, but I learned about the ofrenda from Coco.

An ofrenda is a collection of objects placed to commemorate a loved one that has passed. It coincides with the annual day of the dead celebration, which is in two weeks. On my recent visit to the Mexic-Arte Museum, they had several ofrendas on display. Of course, photographically, I respect any tradition that features photos as part of a key element.

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