In this week’s Plutopia podcast, Jon and Scoop make a deep dive into death… also Halloween, sex, pagan celebrations, and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
“Everyone is a beginner when it comes to death.” – Sallie Jiko Tisdale, “Everything Dies” in Lion’s Roar
We don’t like to think about death in mainstream America. We hide it, and when we do have a death close to us, our grief is amplified by the unfamiliarity of the experience. It’s hard to let go. It’s hard to envision letting go. It’s especially hard to envision non-being.
Other cultures have other approaches. We’re posting this on Dia de los Muertos 2021. The Dia de los Muertos celebration is an acknowledgement and a celebration of death. It’s a time to honor the deceased, and at the same time recognize that death is an inherent part of life. That impermanence is inherent in the Universe. Everything is changing and moving; what seems permanent has a lower rate of change – but change is inevitable. And in this sense, in changing, everything dies.
Photo by Bala Manivasagam. Día de los muertos, Tlaquepaque, México. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.