Thursday, October 27, 2005

The altar of the . . . intramural volleyball league?

Depending on your persuasion, the following announcement indicates the Paganization of an American university, a celebration of "diversity," a violation of the separation of church [Aztec temple?] and state, "multiculturalism" run amok, or good clean fun.

The student activities board at a university that I know well is holding a Day of the Dead altar-building contest:

Day of the Dead in Mexico represents a mixture of Christian devotion and Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs. As a result of this mixture, the celebration comes to life as an unique Mexican tradition including an altar and offerings dedicated to the deceased.

The altar has four levels which are elements of nature — earth, wind, water, and fire. . . .

If your student club, campus organization, or office would like to participate in creating an altar, you MUST reserve a space at ***-****!

Altars must be completed and set up on Wednesday, November 2, no later than 11:30AM!

Please follow the guidelines below when creating your altar.

You may honor a one person or a group of persons (ex. Katrina victims)

There will be voting on site for the best altar! The winner will win $150 from the Student Activities Board!

The English Club officers have announced that they are sponsoring their traditional Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night party, complete with fireworks, so I doubt that they will be altar-building too.

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Anonymous qibitum said...

There is also a Dia de Los Muertos altar in the library at a community college I happen to know well. (Though I have seen no such evidence of such at a Catholic university I'm currently learning to know a littel better...)

7:50 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Watch those Catholics. They invented multiculturalism, you know.

I wish I could have quoted the entire document on altar-building. Although the contents were undoubtedly lifted from somewhere else, the whole effect was quite Pagan-friendly. And the irony is that I don't think that the student activities board recognized that fact.

Oh well. More marigolds! More candles!

8:41 PM  

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