Mexican – Indispensable in the celebration of Day of the Dead sugar skull are the result of a merger between European cooking techniques and pre-Hispanic beliefs about death.
Mexico – Macabras treats for living and dead, his figure is a reminder that “in life the only certainty is death.”[corner-ad id=1]
Popularized during the Viceroyalty, the skulls found its origin with the arrival of Iberian -configure weakling made with fondant channels on Mexican soil.
Mexican Dead Sugar Skull Meaning of the Day
However, as with many other sweets of popular culture, its roots and meaning remain unknown.
According to Yuri de Gortari, researcher and founder of the School of Mexican Gastronomy, the shape of the skulls is closely linked to TZ MPA TLI, Columbian altar where the skulls of slaughtered (generally prisoners of war) in order to honor stood to the gods.
“They are reminiscent of the pre-Hispanic world, of skulls and Dead sugar skulls, and in the TZ MPA TLI.
“And, thanks to the culinary technique weakling, come together in a celebration of great syncretism that breaks the fear of the Western world to death,” he explains.
The sugar pieces are shaped using clay molds and dried to harden. Then they decorate with colored sugar paste, sequins, and metallic papers live and striking shades.
“Write the name of the person in the skull is part of the party, play and sense of humor, deep, tells us that in the end we’re all going there,” explains De Gortari.
Marco Buenrostro, food writer, and researcher, the sweet skulls are a late contribution of the use of sugar and its shape is related to the end of the agricultural cycle of corn.
“Scholars of the mind say that the representation of death in popular figures and objects is to exorcise the way, keep it away or make fun of her.
“However, in the traditional world, the figure of death is related to the natural cycles and the visit of the ancestors who intercede with the gods for a good harvest,” he explains.
According to the food writer, sugar skulls not always formed part of Day of the Dead altar but were being added over the years, as a small and colorful holiday candy.
“The first reference is a pair of still lifes Jose Agustin Arrieta paints were several issues devoted to Day of the Dead, including Hoja LD ras (bread of the dead), fresh pumpkin, marigold flowers and figures weakling, no skulls.
“These are common elements in urban representations, not peasants or indigenous altars.
“Why? I mean, in a synthetic form, that if a friend out of jail and make him a welcome party, the last thing you get is a convict suit” says Buenrostro.
Usually, it’s coverage milk, heated and molded into a skull, either hollow or solid. Tend to decorate sequins, colored fondant or chocolate used.
The popped seeds are mixed with honey or agave and then molded. In many states of the country usually dried fruits and nuts added by way of decoration.
Myth vs. reality
The cast of anthropomorphic figures with blown seeds and agave nectar was common in ancient times, not the skull. According to researchers, making skulls is a recent, similar to using almond paste or chocolate as usual cast material.
Did you know…?
Although the origin of the tradition is unknown, it is believed to type the name of the person who gives the skull is to remind you, in this world, the only certainty is death purpose.