By James Griffith
The place it divides Arizona and Sonora, the foreign boundary among Mexico and the us is either a political truth, actually expressed by means of a fence, and, to a substantial measure, a cultural phantasm. Mexican, Anglo, and local American cultures straddle the fence; humans of assorted ethnic backgrounds movement from side to side around the synthetic divide, regardless of expanding stumbling blocks to loose flow. On both sides is located a fancy cultural mixture of ethnic, non secular, and occupational teams. In A Shared area James Griffith examines a number of the particular people expressions of this various cultural zone.
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These are frequently part of a larger ensemble, with a slab over the grave, a nameplate, often in the shape of a book (a motif, sometimes called in English "the Book of Life," that may have been borrowed from the Protestant world), and perhaps component flower containers. With many of these more elaborate monuments, as with the large, forward-curving crosses which are produced by the same marmolerias, we are moving away from folk styles in the direction of a contemporary, nationwide, middle-class fashion.
They often consist of arches with rear walls. Those made at the local marmolerias may feature pointed arches or may be extremely angular in shape. Most elaborate of all are the miniature church facades and the neoclassic domes held up by rings of columns. These are frequently part of a larger ensemble, with a slab over the grave, a nameplate, often in the shape of a book (a motif, sometimes called in English "the Book of Life," that may have been borrowed from the Protestant world), and perhaps component flower containers.
U Activity at all the cemeteries increases from October 30 through November 2. People arrive and clean and refurbish their family graves. Some will sit quietly for a while by the graves. Other individuals provide goods and services. Small boys compete to be hired to clean the graves. Outside the gates, vendors (a small village of them at the Pante6n Nacional) set up stands to sell all sorts of traditional foods. Sugar cane seems especially appropriate for this darit was featured prominently on the Mexico City-style altar that was erected by a local baker to show me how things were done in his home region.
A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands by James Griffith