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OAXACA, MEXICO | Celebrating the Day of the Dead: Travel Story and Photos by Phil Saviano

Oaxaca performance troupe enacts the story of the annual return of the spirits during the Day of the Dead celebrations. Photo by Phil Saviano

Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, The spiral of creation is feminine, therefore. we all living life forms come from the heart of the goddess in us, beauty and creation are my motives for being, find here my own art work and great artists 4 life, go green and self-sufficient with renewable energies that cost no money, http://ninaohmanarts.com

Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, The spiral of creation is feminine, therefore. we all living life forms come from the heart of the goddess in us, beauty and creation are my motives for being, find here my own art work and great artists 4 life, go green and self-sufficient with renewable energies that cost no money, http://ninaohmanarts.com

A day of the dead altar, built for an altar-building competition, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

A day of the dead altar, built for an altar-building competition, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Saints faces are baked into the traditional Day of the Dead bread, called "pan de Yerma."  Photo by Phil Saviano

In Oaxaca saints faces are baked into the traditional Day of the Dead bread, called "Pan de Yema." or Egg Yolk Bread

Woman at graveside during the all-night vigil in the cemetery of Xoxocotlan, near Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Woman at graveside during the all-night vigil in the cemetery of Xoxocotlan, near Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Family at graveside during the Day of the Dead vigil in the town of Xoxocotan, near Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Family at graveside during the Day of the Dead vigil in the town of Xoxocotan, near Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Villagers arrive to decorate the cemetery in the woodcarvers' town of San Martin Tilcajete, near Oaxaca, Mexico.  Photo by Phil Saviano

Villagers arrive to decorate the cemetery in the woodcarvers' town of San Martin Tilcajete, near Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Unloading bales of marigolds during the Day of the Dead preparations in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

Unloading bales of marigolds during the Day of the Dead preparations in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Phil Saviano

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