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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important annual observances. The ritual dates back 3000 years to their Aztec forebears. The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzalcoatl created the human race by pouring his blood over the ashes and bones of his ancestors.

Days of the Dead (Los Días de los Muertos)
Días de los Muertos, Days of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important annual observances. The ritual dates back 3000 years to their Aztec forebears. The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzalcoatl created the human race by pouring his blood over the ashes and bones of his ancestors.

Latin American Death and Funeral Rituals
In most Latin American cultures death is intricately entwined with life. In many Western cultures people avoid talking or even thinking about death. Conversely, Latin Americans seem to embrace death. They may fear death but it is not ignored as a distasteful subject.

Chihuahua - Ancient Mexican Dog
Tiny and mute, the ancient Mexican chihuahua was revered by the Toltec and Aztec cultures of Mesoamerica as sacred. They sacrificed the yellow chihuahua to guide its master to the Toltec and Aztec idea of heaven. Sacrificing the red Chihuahua was believed to absorb its master's sins.

The Sound of Things Falling Book Review
The Sound of Things Falling is the gripping tale of horrific events that occurred in Colombia during its most dreadful era. The story is about being helpless and vulnerable in perilous times, and the paralytic effect trauma can have on victims. V�squez enmeshes history with fiction to enthrall.

Loja – Ecuador’s Cultural Capital
Loja, considered the seat of Ecuadorian music and culture, has picture-perfect colonial architecture, tidy paved streets, and pedestrian walkways winding along its two rivers that meet at the gates of the city. A visit to Ecuador is not complete without seeing Loja.

Nicaragua Inter-Oceanic Canal
For centuries governments, businessmen and explorers have dreamed of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Countless deals have been made and abandoned. The latest news from Nicaragua is the announcement of a deal with a Chinese businessman to build a canal through Nicaragua.

The Aguero Sisters Book Review
The Aguero Sisters is a story of magnetism, myth, magic and miracles. The story is about the Cuban sisters Reina and Constancia who are separated for thirty years by the Cuban revolution. Garcia's love of language is apparent in her lush, prose enlivened with magical realism and satire.

EDITUS - Iconic Music of Costa Rica
The famous saying, “Costa Rica does not have an army, but it has violins” is a testament to the Costa Rican devotion to the most excellent music of all genres. The group Editus combines jazz, classical and new age to create a unique award winning sound.

Guatemalan Huipiles – Heritage and Artistry
The colorful and vibrant huipiles of Mayan women emphasize their identity and reflects the history of their people over the course of three thousand years. Each huipil is unique in design. The technology used to create the fabric remains the same since pre-history using the backstrap loom.

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