martha montero-sieburth | day of the dead

Let’s think one moment about Martha Montero-Sieburth’s opening questions: “Why are there cultures in the world where the very idea of death pushes us away? Why is it so repulsive to touch a skull, to see a person dying in front of your, or to see another person’s pain about a starving loved one?”


“Death can be accepted, because we know that we will die. We accept it as something that we are all destined to experience. But the way that we die – the memories that we leave – are what makes our death unique. What better than to be able to die, knowing that you’ve given something of yourself to others.”



Montero-Sieburth, who is from Mexican descendance, familiarizes the audience with Mexican rituals related to death. In Mexican culture, death is celebrated rather than feared. “We accept death as a fact of life. In the process of dying, we engage others and we want them to be part of our last part of life. Death is a chance to be socially equalized. You might be rich or you might be poor, but in the end, we will all die.”