Friday, October 29, 2010


Closely associated with the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Catrinas (known as Catrinos if they portray a male figure) grew out of cartoons by a Mexican journalist José Guadalupe Posada who portrayed people from all stations of society as skeletons wearing their natural dress and performing everyday activities.  

He especially loved showing Mexican woman of the upwardly striving classes wearing the French fashions of the day, with the low cut dresses showing off the bare bones of their chests. Catrina dolls have become a Mexican tradition and can be found in all sizes from a few inches tall to over six feet.

They are intended to show that the rich and fashionable, despite their pretensions to importance, are just as susceptible to death as anyone else.

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