J’accuse hasn’t dabbled in anything kulchural for a while. So while the various Ministers and Ministries are busy bringing Zuccheros and Plants to embellish the vegetable patch of your minds we have come across this bit of news in our usual serendipitous, beachcomber of the net, casual but cool manner. It appears that in the land of Mehico el pueblo still celebrate the feast of La Santa Muerte. This practice is not condoned by the Catholic Church (what is anyway?) and involves the celebration of Saint Death. Statuettes of the Saint (?) in question could easily double up as the little collectables of Pratchetts ever-so-lovable charachter – DEATH (caps obligatory). For more information we will refer you to the copious information stream that starts off at Wikipedia and ends in a Death site somewhere along the line (rather appropriately). Pratchett’s Death must be my all -time favourite anthropomorphic personification. Here are some quotes related to Death from the discworld series – all caps of course refer to Death’s speech… Have a Happy Saint Death Day!
It is a fact that although the Death of the Discworld is, in his own words, an ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION, he long ago gave up using the traditional skeletal horses, because of the bother of having to stop all the time to wire bits back on.
— (Terry Pratchett, Mort)
– I USHERED SOULS INTO THE NEXT WORLD. I WAS THE GRAVE OF ALL HOPE. I WAS THE ULTIMATE REALITY. I WAS THE ASSASSIN AGAINST WHOM NO LOCK WOULD HOLD.
– “Yes, point taken, but do you have any particular skills?”
— Death consults a job broker (Terry Pratchett, Mort)
DID YOU SAY HUMANS PLAY IT FOR FUN?”
– “Some of them get to be very good at it, yes. I’m only an amateur,
– “BUT THEY ONLY LIVE EIGHTY OR NINETY YEARS!”
— The joys of bridge (Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic)
I WAS AT A PARTY, he added, a shade reproachfully.
— Death is summoned by the Wizards (Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic)
“ER…HO. HO. HO.”
– Death makes a career move (Terry Pratchett, Hogfather)
I AM DEATH, NOT TAXES. I TURN UP ONLY ONCE.
— (Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay)
I LIKE TO THINK I AM A PICKER-UP OF UNCONSIDERED TRIFLES. Death grinned hopefully.
— (Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies)
REMIND ME AGAIN, he said, HOW THE LITTLE HORSE-SHAPED ONES MOVE.
— Death on symbolic last games (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)