"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Day Of The Dead

A congregation overflows into the churchyard.

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.


Picture taken yesterday, All Souls Day, outside of the Santa Cruz basilica in Fort Cochin at seven in the morning

9 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    I had to investigate Day of the Dead as I had never heard of it previously.

    November 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    • I think the whole “Day of the Dead” culture is very much a South or Latin American interpretation of All Souls.

      Catholics in south India are part of the Portuguese colonial heritage – much influenced by similar Mediterranean Catholic traditions.

      November 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      • We had a Fernandez in our family, from Goa.

        November 4, 2012 at 3:32 am

        • It’s a very common family name in this part of Kerala, where the Portuguese were colonial masters for over a century.

          Interestingly, much like the British, and because of big contributions made to healthcare and education, the Portuguese are still regarded in high esteem. The Dutch however, are judged to have given nothing and taken all..

          November 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    • PS: It seems you have not been paying proper attention Ms Toffeeapple.

      Please refer to both this and the one that follows!

      November 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  2. Toffeeapple

    Please Sir, sorry Sir! But you said Day of the Dead and the earlier posts were about All Souls Day. Now I am confused, it doesn’t take much I will admit…

    November 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    • Sorry I confused you.. All Souls and the “Day of the Dead” are effectively one and the same thing; just two different cultural expressions of one festival.

      There will be no need for you to see the headmaster on this occasion!

      November 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

  3. Toffeeapple

    Thank you Sir, that is a deep relief! I know so little about religions.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:10 am

    • The devil, as they so rightly say, is in the detail!

      November 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

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