The philosophical perception of death and life is a very rich, which gives us plenty of light to approximate the thinking of the old grandparents.
Life and death were a pair of complementary opposites. If there is no death, no life can exist and the opposite. To be aware of life requires an awareness of death.
Few cultures like Egyptian and Mexican have joined the death as part of their culture alive. The Old Grandparents had a day for death, Lord and Lady of Death and place of the dead.
The Toltecayotl was for Toltecs: "Your whole heart is near art and creations. I do not live here forever. Who will take over me? Where will I have to go? I'm a singer: I'll stand there, here I come to pick them up, My flowers, my songs, I take back, I put them in the face of the people. "
It is important to note that in general, to the iconography of Anahuac, any representation of a skeleton means eternal philosophical or spiritual life. In fact, the skeleton is the "enduring" of the human body. The skull is the last part of a carcass to decay and is taken as a symbol to refer to the eternal presence of the spirit. So the old grandparents when they used a skull referred philosophically spiritual eternal life.
"When we die, not really die, because we live, we rise, we still live, wake up. This makes us happy "
For the ancient Mexican; life on earth, was temporary. Eternal life was after death. Whether in the Chichihuacuahco for children, a place where infants were dying at an early age. A paradise where there was a huge tree that drops of milk flowed from their branches. These children wait in paradise the creation of the Sixth Sun to be born again. The Tlalocán was the place reserved for people dying from water-related causes. A concept very close to the Judeo-Christian idea of paradise.
The place for the warriors and the warriors of the Battle Florida. The Ilhuicatonantiuh was the heaven where warriors accompanied the sun on its daily journey from dawn to the zenith, and the warriors from the zenith to the sun. The place of excellent bright light. And the Mictlan, the place for those who died from common death. In the Mictlán suffer to get before the Lord of Death and leave.
"Where do you go to death? Why does my heart cry? Be effort: no one is going to live here! While the princes were put to death: That my heart is desolate. Be effort: no one is going to live here! "
All human beings when they reach a stage of development, from the beginning of time until now, the question facing mandatory. Is there life after death? I live to die and be reborn to eternal life? What is the meaning of life? Because that is the reason for death.
(From the book ROOTS AND ESSENCE OF OLD MEXICO.
Guillermo Marín 2004)
Alejandro Sandoval Valencia