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Dia de los Muertos in Tzintzuntzan

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Uploaded on Nov 16, 2007

"Tzintzuntzan"a city in the state of Michoacán, means "Place of Hummingbirds" in the ancient Purépecha language. From at least 1100 until the arrival of the Spanish in 1522, Tzintzuntzan was the center of a city that once held some 40,000 royals, nobles, priests and bureaucrats who administered a widespread empire of 1.5 million people. The Purépecha were the only group in the region to successfully resist the warlike Aztec nation (which attempted at least three major invasions of the Purépecha empire. To celebrate the Dia de los Muertos, the local residents have developed a tradition of celebrating at night in the city's two graveyards which are ablaze in flickering light of thousands of candles placed on hundreds of gravesites to honor the dead.

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