Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ciclo de la Muerte

Bicyclist, Day of the Dead: from painted plaster, Mexico.
"A fascination with death is the subject of a great deal of Latin American folk art. According to popular belief, the departed return to earth each year for the Festival of the Dead. All Soul's Day has been held on the second of November since the late 13th century. Death is often depicted in a humorous manner. Skeletons are used with irony to show the absurdity of the human condition. Death is represented in all materials, from wood carvings to pottery to Bread of the Dead and candy skulls. In folk art, the dead engage in common daily activities like riding bicylces or getting married."


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