Since the creation of Calaveras by Puro Mexico Ballet Folklorico earlier this year we have acquired new wardrobe and designed new accessories to dress our Catrinas and Catrines (male version), while this will complement the existing traditional Mexican costumes, it will also show a more representative take on the elegant fashion, distinctive of the original era of La Catrina (late 1800’s and early 1900’s).
The origins of the traditions around the death, date from the pre-columbian era when the natives venerated goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as "The Lady of of Death", wife to Mictlantecuhtli lord of the land of the dead.
With the arrival of the Spaniards, Catholic rituals and beliefs were introduced to the natives, among them, the celebration of "Dia de todos los santos" (day of all saints) celebrated on November 1st. As years went by, many elements of this celebration were merged with native traditions. Death kept its protagonism and with time, it took a more humorous role in Mexican traditions, people provokes it and celebrates it.
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La Catrina, a personification of death, found its origins over 100 years ago as a way of mockery towards rich (Mexican) indigenous people who disparaged their roots.
This character, created by Jose Guadalupe Posada was originally known as "La Calavera Garbancera".
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