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Alebrije

The first Alebrijes, along with the invention of the term, originated from Mexico City.  Mexican artist Pedro Linares often told that in 1943, he fell very ill, and while he was in bed unconscious, he dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into strange objects, and animals and birds never seen before.  He often saw "a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, and a lion with an eagle head", and all of them were shouting one word, "Alebrijes! Alebrijes! Alebrijes!

Alebrije pronounced in English is:   ah-leh-bree-heh.

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The Calavera

Calavera is an art representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative skulls that are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day Of The Dead.

The Day Of The Dead celebration is a multi-day holiday involving family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.

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The Aztecs

The Aztecs were a culture that flourished in central Mexico during the period from 1300 to 1521.  From their capital city, Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs emerged as the dominant force in central Mexico, developing an intricate social, political, religious and commercial organization that brought many of the region’s city-states under their control by the 15th century. Invaders led by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés overthrew the Aztec Empire by force and captured Tenochtitlan in 1521, bringing an end to this last great native civilization.

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