|La Huerta/ San Gabriel Chilac
Two locations; two events, La Matanza and Dio De Los Muertos,
share a long and honored historical tradition in south central
The photographs in this show chronicle a common thread, namely,
death. La Matanza or The Slaughter documents an old and revered
tradition in Mexico, that of a goat sacrifice.
Each year in late October, entire families, infants thru grandparents
gather at Hacienda La Huerta and other farms in Mexico to participate
in this ages old tradition. This is the time of the year that
the goats are in prime condition. Originally a religious based
celebration, the annual slaughter has evolved into a more economically
based event which provides work and food for many families and
also provides the basis for the famous "mole de cadera"
or goat stew, a local favorite in the restaurants of the region.
Dia De Los Muertos or Day of The Dead is a reconnecting by
Mexican families with their loved ones who have died during
the previous year and who believe the spirits of the departed
ones return to the cemetery for this occasion. The grave sites
are refurbished, spruced up and covered with fresh flowers and
indeed, food and treats for the coming spirits. The families
keep an all night vigil at the gravesite with their dear relative's