Day of the Dead and the Chicanx Psyche [WORKSHOP]
October 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm MDT
by Jorge de la O
The Chingada complex is quite a landmine and the Chicano/a youth throughout the United States are “Los Hijos de la Chingada,” which translates as the “children of the violated.” La Chingada is a reference to the Conquest of the Americas, the effects of which are still present today. Highlighting the image of the pachuco (Homies of today), from a post-colonial perspective, the Friday evening lecture will first explore how psyche lives in the sol y sombra, of the Chicano/a soul. In the second half of the evening, the focus will be on the feminine as revealed in the image of the Chola and La Llorona.
The focus for the Saturday Workshop, “Day of the Dead and the Chicanx Psyche,” will be on experientially exploring the psychology of the Day of the Dead. Participants are asked to bring photos and mementos as we will create an ofrenda or altar to our departed loved ones who return to us during this one day of the year. Day of the Dead is a pre-Columbian Mexican tradition that has taken root in North American culture. We will begin discussing this sacred ritual with a focus on the symbolism that has captured the imagination in the Southwest and elsewhere.
JORGE de la O has been in private practice in Santa Paula, California since 2001, specializing in analytical psychology and Sandplay psychotherapy. With over 35 years of classroom experience in the United States and aboard, Jorge is a retired public school elementary teacher, a core faculty professor in the MA Counseling program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and an instructor at the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. He is also a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Jorge presented at the International Association for Analytical Psychology conference in Vienna Austria on La Chingada.
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