By Ramsey Muniz
How long has it been since we have reflected on that which unites us with our history, culture, ancestors, and families? For how long will society eradicate the true importance of this glorious and special day? Family members who have gone into the realm of the “flesh- less,” to be in ancient spirituality with all our noble ancestors, await us.
Over five hundred years have passed since the time that those who refused to see the truth, rejected the notion of our communing with the spirit world. History accurately and truth- fully revealed that friars and Jesuit priests, upon their arrival in our world, immediately studied our ancestors’ religious customs, rituals, and beliefs. As these priests experienced astounding revelations, they gradually discovered the power of our ancient spirituality which has forever been the base and foundation of our culture!
During this time of religious festivities, one can only imagine the feelings of the religious invaders as they experienced the rejoicing, dancing, and beauty of our rituals flowing through the heart of the land. Such power and beauty disturbed the faith of the friars and Jesuits.
Listen closely, for my destiny is to speak the true history. There is a day pertaining to our religious culture, which connects nature, the earth, and heaven. It is a day when we realize the true essence of cosmic visions, which prove that we are truly a part of mother earth, heaven, and the spiri- tual realm. On that day, the veil that separates the living from the dead is removed, and we are reunited with the loving spirits of our ancestors, forefathers, and deceased family members. It is a day of rejoicing, communing, sharing, praying, fasting, and meditating with our family members who now reside in Ilhuicatlitic, the heavens, because we share our ancestral spirituality on earth. It is a day that truly brings us together with our past It is so religious and spiritually powerful, that even five hundred years ago priests like Sahagun, Torquemada, Molina, Du- ran, and others realized the power of Teotleco — the ar- rival of the gods. They witnessed the spiritual ancestral power granted from the past to the present and future on El Día De Los Muertos.
History reveals that invaders and society began to taint the meaning of this day with ominous misconceptions, stripping us of our cultural foundation — the spiritual communing between heaven and earth. The destruction of our cultural beliefs on this day deteriorated to the point that eventually society displaced the importance and value of Teotleco and El Dia De Los Muertos, and made it a day embedded with monsters, goblins and appearances of evil omens. It replaced the day of remembrance of our ancestors, and family members who have transcended into heaven.
Was it by choice, or ignorance? Do we continue to permit the devious subtle destructive present day society to destroy the truthful and spiritual meaning of this day? The destruction of our cultural knowledge and remembrance of that special time was replaced with a prank filled celebration
— a day now commercially referred to as Halloween. It is now a night spent in the wearing of masks immortalizing pagans, evil omens, celebrities and presidents. They can have their Halloween, and its concepts.
The time has come for us as spiritual people to remove masks of misconceptions and ruses, and behold the glorious days of Teotleco* on El Dia de los Muertos, in which we honor our loving family members in heaven. We pray, sing, and acknowledge God’s spiritual gifts that do not change, for the love of dour families will always reside in our hearts.
Ramsey and Family”