2011/11/01

Mexican alebrijes

"Día de Muertos" is the Mexican name of the dead celebration, for which many people put colorful altars with food, drinks and cigars for the family members who are gone but come today to visit. This tradition is now mixing with Halloween, but still keeps some flavor that the Alebrijes share... some of which I filmed for the enjoyment of my cherished subs who live far:

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Alebrijes are papier mache sculptures of fantastic creatures that Pedro Linares started to make in the 1930's. Can be as small as half fist or monumental as those that are invading the Mexico City main square this days. They are not good or bad per se, and can be monsters, animals or even abstract objects... but always with a lot of yes, Mexican colour!