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Day of the Dead Skull Skeleton


Since pre-Columbian times, El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead has been celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries. This is a very special ritual, as it is the day in which the living lovingly remember their departed relatives. 

For centuries the inhabitants of Mexico have created fascinating folk art expressions of the Day of the Dead: magnificently decorated skulls and catrinas, fabulous candelabra, trees of life and  attractive skeletons.  Skilful artists transform wood, clay, tin and paper into wonderful  Day of the Dead sculptures many inspired by Jose Guadalupe Posada.

We invite you to browse through the pages of our gallery and delight in an  impressive selection of  folk art by world known artists such as Alfonso Castillo Orta, Alfonso Soteno, the Linares Family, Juan Hernandez....

Also available are two engaging documentaries about the Day of the Dead celebrations,  filmed entirely in Mexico, one in the mystical island of Janitzio and the other in Mixquic, an ancient Aztec town where these rituals took place thousands of years ago.



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