Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Día de los Muertos

  • Día de los Muertos ofrenda

    Caley McIntyre  Chicago, Illinois, United States Mexico Fulbright-Garcia Robles Alum     Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda, Mexico City, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) A well-dressed skeleton makes his way through UNAM   “An ancient and cherished tradition throughout Mexico, Day of the Dead celebrates the return of the spirits…

  • Laughing in the face of death: Ruysch, dark humor & subversion of the memento mori in anatomical art

    Stefania SpanoKingston, Ontario, Canada A history of dark humor Humor is an ancient tool for subverting tragedy. Parody and satire persuade audiences that even the greatest of grief can be made comical. Art and literature vicariously teach audiences to laugh at their own pains and thus grow beyond them. And what greater pain exists than…