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Oaxacan wood carvings, or Alebrijes, were created by Pedro Linares Lopez about 60 years ago. They were inspired by a dream he had, of many fantastical creatures chanting the word ‘alebrijes’ over and over. Now there are many artists who make alebrijes, which are carved from copal wood and painted with acrylics in the famous style.
Dia de Muertos is a two-day celebration with its roots going back to the Aztecs, who believed that mourning the dead was disrespectful. Instead you should celebrate the lives they had, which is exactly what those who take part in Dia de Muertos do – by building special altars for the spirits of loved ones, cleaning and decorating family graves, and dancing!
Tenangos are the textiles of the Otomi people of central Mexico, decorated with their signature style of embroidery. The larger and more intricate pieces can take years to make, and while some shapes and designs are more abstract, many of the common motifs are hundreds of years old.
The Pyramid of the Sun is one of the largest buildings in ancient Mesoamerica, and definitely one of the most famous. The name comes from the Aztecs, not the Teotihuacanos who built it - it’s not known what they called it - and it’s the third largest pyramid in the world.
Tzotzil wool animals are made by the Tzotzil women of Chiapas, in South Mexico, using traditional methods and designs. Although they are now a popular item for collectors of folk art and are sold as such, they were originally made from scraps of the cloth women wove for their families, and given to their children as toys.