In the face of death we are all equal, we are all â€œCalacasâ€
Yvonne Pfeiffer “Calacas Reinvented”: An introspective into the female emotion.
People have come to know Calacas through Day of the Dead celebrations, artistic relics, tattoos, and ethnic funeral ceremonies. But the calacaâ€™s origin can be found in Aztec roots and it represents the ceasing of oneâ€™s life and the passing into the afterlife. Calaca is actually a colloquial word for â€˜skeleton.â€™ The calaca is represented by a skeleton that is usually garnished with flowers and painted with bright colors. Various Latin countries have adapted their own meaning to the calaca imagery. In Mexico, the calaca is celebratory and used in festivals where people where masks and festive clothing all inspired by the calaca style. The Mexican calaca generally looks upon death with positivism and optimism. In contrast, in Guatemala their traditional calaca is a bare skeleton usually without decorations or colors which then translates fear and mourning upon the event of death.