Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | September 25, 2010

Celebrating the Dead

I have always been fascinated with Hispanic religious shrines. No doubt it is because I was raised as a Catholic and exposed to the idea at an early age. I must say, though, that the Hispanic people create the most delightful, colorful, and personal shrines I have ever seen, and I love them!

For several days this past week, we had driven past a small cemetery just off I-25, in Bernalillo, New Mexico. From a distance, you could see an array of vibrant flowers, candles, mementos and iron fencing used to decorate and delineate the randomly spaced shrines which honor family members laid to rest there.

It called to me and I had to take a closer look.

As we entered the open iron gate, we were immediately struck by the innocent beauty of the place. No staid marble monuments punctuated by an occasional floral spray here!

On this small plot of desert, set aside for the dead, there is an unexpected sense of life. We even saw bees buzzing about the sea of silk flowers, in their quest for pollen!

Hopefully, the photos below will give you a glimpse into this sacred place, and the loving intentions of those who celebrate family who have passed on.

Our Lady of Sorrows

Cemetery Shrines

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