As part of the Mexican culture, my self identifying as Mexican American, I was enthused to read this ethnography, specifically because my family and I have not practices the tradition of Dia de los Muertos, we, my family and I, know about the practiced but have loosed touch with the tradition. Because of this, I believed it would a great experience learning about this cultural practice. As I began reading the ethnography I began to loose my excitement, and began to feel singled out and as if my mix-culture was a disgrace.
Threw out the book the use of poetry, stories and historic accounts are used to provide truth or validity to the idea that Dia de los Muertos is a culturally important tradition honoring the dead, and one that is being forgotten by urban areas, but one that will never be eliminated. The continual use of stories and poetry allows a reader, who has no connection to the culture, become much more aw...
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...order to highlight and glorify her own. By having such a strong opinioned tone, the author has transformed the ethnography in to a rant or a targeted comparison between cultures.
An ethnography describes a culture and people; it shows a culture in a way that other means of expression fail to do. An ethnography should have a balance between opinion and research. This text had the potential to contribute truth, history, cultural practices and importance, about Dia de los Muertos. The information, poetry, and stories presented, where them selves, beautiful; however, the tone and language used, clouded and distracted from the purpose and content. A balance between personal ideas and what the cultural practice is, without personal bias would have transcended the message of the ethnography, and made it about the practice it self, not the authors feelings on the matter.
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