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Las Mexicano ~ El Maorto ~ La Calavera Tee

£14.00

Brand Hobo Jack

Traditional methods for producing calaveras have been in use since the 17th century CE. The skulls are created either for children or as offerings to be placed on altars known as ofrendas for the Día de Muertos which has roots in both Halloween (a Celtic festival called Samhain) and the Aztec, Mayan, and Toltec cultural celebration of the Day of the Dead.

In pre- Columbian times the images of skulls and skeletons were shown often in paintings, pottery, etc. representing rebirth into the next stage of life. During the 20th century a political caricaturist named Jose Guadalupe Posada became famous for making Calaveras as vain skeletons dressed in the clothing of the wealthy. The most famous one was Catrina, wearing a feathery hat and a long dress. Catrina is considered to be the personification of The Day of the Dead. These skeletons are created from many materials such as wood, sugar paste varieties, types of nuts, chocolate, etc. When used as offerings, the name of the deceased is written across the forehead of the skull on coloured foil.