Thursday, July 29, 2010

For Whom the Bells Toll and Toll and Toll and Toll...

Because we've made fun of him a few times in the past, we wanted to take a minute here to wish a buen viaje to the Archdiocese of Querétaro's former spokespadre, José Morales Flores, who passed away this week, at age 81.  This front-page illustration from Diario de Querétaro cheerfully announces that "There's a great party in Heaven" - because what party isn't enlivened by a talkative octogenarian priest? (It also seems to indicate that he would bring his Bible with him, which feels unnecessary to us; and that he'd still have terrible eyesight in Heaven.)

The headline describes him as a torero, but the article only says he was an aficionado.  Either way, we're taking it as Divine endorsement of bullfighting. 

We couldn't begin to do it justice in translation, but the Mexican tradition heaping verbal floral arrangements upon the dead gets pushed to the point of parody here, in what is ostensibly a news article.  

6 comments:

victor said...

Frank..did you photo shop that photo?
Is he at the games in SA or is it a blue water spout? Whatever..great shot!
Victor

Burro Hall said...

Ha! Thanks. No, it's one of the courtyard drainpipes at the Querétaro Museum of Art.

Anonymous said...

Been reading here off an on for a while, out of boredom, and all the time assumed Frank was female

Burro Hall said...

Well, sure. It's a very popular girls' name.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't seem to be a parody. It's a farewell. Maybe for NY standards it's a parody, but it isn't. Hasta siempre, it's a rearrangement of Hasta luego, (until later, see you later), hasta siempre (until always, see you always, until eternity).

Burro Hall said...

I meant the news article itself, with its lyrical description of being united with the God he had devoted his life to venerating, how the rain had paused out of respect to his passing, etc...