Day of the Dead (Pomuch, Mexico)   [ 44 images ]

Every year on the Day of the Dead, people of Pomuch, a small Mayan community in the south of Mexico, visit the cemetery to take part in a pre-Hispanic tradition of cleaning of bones of their departed relatives (“Limpia de huesos”). People who die in Pomuch are firstly buried for three years in an above-ground tomb then the dried-up bodies are taken out, bones are separated, wrapped in a decorated cloth, put into a wooden crate, and placed on display among flowers for veneration.