Since the days of Mictecacihuatl and Mictlantecuhtli, Mexico has been captivated in one form or another by mortality. Diablos, calaveras, cempazuchitl, crucifixes, blood, sweetbreads, murals, and devotions: Mexicans pay tribute to their lost families in every part of their world. The month of November bears special mentioning, as Mexicans in the campo cease work for a few days and nights to give hearty homage to their forebearers.

Mexico Me Mata is an on-going documentation of the exuberance and endurance in the face of mortality in rural Mexico.

 
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Widow

Widow telling jokes about her late husband while waiting in line for warm atole, after a long cold night by his grave. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Child's Grave

The small grave of an infant adorned with cempasúchil petals. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Refuse

Newspaper and cempasúchil litters the municipal graveyard. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Mary

A family packs up after a night in the graveyard. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Intruder

A widow considers the tourist taking her photograph as a band plays music in tribute to her lost husband. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Grief

Three brothers comfort their youngest sibling as she grieves for their lost parents. Atzompa, November 1, 2017.

 
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Adjourned

Women leaving the graveyard carry out their belongings on their heads. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Mourners

Ferdinand and his family look south as the last of the sun's rays fade out of the municipal graveyard. Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 2, 2017.

 
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Johnny

A man who introduced himself as Johnny stands in front of what used to be his house. Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico. November 17, 2017.

 
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0193

The medallion of this taxista shines into his car as he prays before driving. Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 3, 2017.

 
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Jokes

Men congregate just outside the graveyard gates to drink mezcal and tell each other cheering stories. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Conquian

Part-time narco trafficker, part-time tourist guide plays a losing move during a conquian game. Sierra Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 14, 2017.

 
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Three Widowers

Widowers promise to look after each other now that each has lost their wife in the past year. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Unadorned

The lone Jewish grave in the cemetery lies unadorned except for an blown in cempasúchil petal on Dia de Muertos. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Dæmon Priest

A demonic reveler hoists his skull staff above the comparsa crowd. San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 2, 2017.

 
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The Gate

The open gate of Atzompa's oldest graveyard just before dawn. Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 1, 2017.

 
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Thirsty Dæmon

Residents give beers in offering to the dæmons at the comparsa in front of the local church. San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 2, 2017.

 
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Lament

Street musicians play a corrido for a lost family member. Coyoacán, Mexico, Mexico. October 29, 2017.

 
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Feign

A child pretends to have been struck by a truck. Guapalayna, Chihuahua, Mexico. November 15, 2017.

 
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One Beat

Teeth in hand, a dæmon steadies one of several hearts swinging from his bloody cross. San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. November 2, 2017.