Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan
In Mexico, Dia de Muertos is celebrated each year on November 1st and 2nd. However, what many don’t know is that in the Anahuaca tradition, Day of Dead was not only one day, but six months (under Aztec Calendar) of ceremonial work starting in July and ending in November. This period was dedicated to the energies of Miktlan (those that have passed). It’s a magical moment with meditation, dances, community and celebration. A time were perception is on alert to receive the energies that come and go.
In this ceremony Cetiliztli will set up a traditional altar to honor and remember loved one’s that have passed. Each participant would have the opportunity to make an offering to the altar and share a few words of those that are no longer with us. There will be brief presentation on the tradition, practices and meaning of Dia de Muertos, followed by a ceremonial dance which includes opening to the four directions with copal (fire incense), conch, and drums— all sacred tools used by our ancestors. The evening will conclude with a friendship dance where everyone gets to participate and share a magical moment together.
This program is open only to those enrolled in the Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program.
Sunday, January 12, 2020 – 1:30 to 5:00 pm
Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan was formed in 1999 from individuals from the four directions of the continent. Most of its members hail from Mexico, South America, the Caribbean as well as the US. They are an indigenous group that offers ceremonial performances and workshops through dances and songs from the Anahuac tradition. The group is cultural, spiritual, artistic, political and educational. They are an open circle formed by families and individuals from the indigenous community that now reside in New York City.