Second Life Cultures Merit Badge at Smithsonian LVM (2013-11-03)

Second Life is a virtual nation of people from all over the world. Every person comes to SL from somewhere.  And understanding these various cultural backgrounds can help Scouts to live in harmony with others in our varied and increasingly multicultural society.

Tonight we had a full house of scouts! Chris took the troop to visit the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum ( to learn about the Dia de los Muertos.  Also the socuts learned how to make “ofrendas” for the occasion.

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around Latin America.  This holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

At the end of the trip scouts were richer in the appreciation of different cultures.

Scouts gather to learn about the “Dia de los Muertos”

Scouts examining the map of the sim visited

Scouts making “ofrendas”

Scouts visiting a Mexican cemetery during Dia de los Muertos





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