Mitla Oaxaca Mexico

In the morning, Linda drove us (a small group of five) to the village of Mitla, where we met a family who took us to the cemetery. At the cemetery we heard stories of the people buried there. Then we hurried back to the family home so we would arrive before the departed loved ones returned to the home, where they would be welcomed. Our hosts spoke about the importance of dia de muertos to their families and village and way of life, and shared a beautiful meal with us.
View over valley to hills
House in Mitla

House in Mitla with gated courtyard

Woman with poinsettia at Mitla cemetery

Woman with poinsettia at Mitla cemetery

Grave with offerings

Grave with offerings – marigolds and cockscomb, pan de muertos, citrus fruits, pomegranate, cigarettes, and mezcal

Hallway ofrenda

Hallway ofrenda with bottles of mezcal and footed bowl of copal incense

Open kitchen with mole negro on the fire

Open kitchen with mole negro on the fire

Rooftop dog house

Rooftop dog house, with a little dog resting on the ledge, viewed from the open kitchen

Matriarch apron maker

Our hosts who graciously shared a beautiful meal and dia de muertos stories with us

Young girl enjoying lunch
Pan de Muertos

Pan de Muertos beautifully decorated

Pan de Muertos & Chocolate

Pan de Muertos and warm chocolate drink

Bowl of mole negro with turkey served with rice

Bowl of mole negro with turkey served with rice – the best we tasted in Mexico. Now I understand why it’s considered such a delicacy.

After lunch we visited other houses that were open to display their ofrenda. One home was filled with collections of treasures displayed beautifully.
Beautiful courtyard oasis, viewed from an open patio

Beautiful courtyard oasis, viewed from the open patio

Open patio filled with collected treasures

Open patio filled with collected treasures

Treasures under glass top table

Treasures under glass top table

Collection of grinding bowls in the foreground

Collection of grinding bowls (used for making mole negro) in the foreground

Ofrenda

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Mitla.
Panaderia
Mitla street at sunset

Mitla street at sunset

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