What are some of the differences in the ways that people and cultures have viewed death?
The Mexicans have a Day of the Dead. In this festival, they go to cemeteries and offer sacrifices to the ancestors. This ceremony also contains humor, though this humor is limited to public places and not the areas where people are buried such as the cemeteries. The Calaveras is a comical figure. This figure is used widely during the Day of the Dead. During this event, the Mexicans use the Calaveras to demystify death. The Calaveras portrays death as a warm moment rather than the cold moment with which people usually associate death (Annenberg Foundation).
The dance of death in Paris portrays death as an event that everyone will go through. The skeletons that the French use in their portraits from the 15th century do not have a comical side to them as compared to the Calaveras. The art of the French at that time portrayed life and death, though death was hidden from the eye. One had to look closely to identify the aspect of death. The French portrayed death as gloomy, as opposed to the Mexicans (Annenberg Foundation).
The Buddhists believed in reincarnation. They believed that people could be reborn in six realms. These realms are the demi-god realm, the realm of hungry ghosts, the realm of titans, the human realm, the animal realm and the hell realm (Annenberg Foundation).
In southern Ghana, the coffins are made in forms that highlight the life of the dead person. They reflect his or her achievements, values, and ideals. If the dead person were rich, his or her coffin would take the form of an expensive car such as a Mercedes Benz. If he were a fisher, his or her coffin would take the form of a fish. In Ghana, only the Ga tribe practices this practice (Annenberg Foundation).
Annenberg Foundation. “Art Through Time: A Global View.” Annenberg Learner. Annenberg Foundation, n.d. Web. 4 July 2015.