La Calavera La Catrina: Day of the Dead Symbol

La Calavera Catrina San Jeronimo Plaza

The calavera (skeleton) of La Catrina is the symbol of Day of the Dead in Mexico.  The original etching was made by Jose Guadalupe Posada in 1913.  The image has been adapted to fit many other art forms:  clay figures and carved copal wood painted in bright colors by famed Oaxaca folk artists.

La Catrina de las Bugambilias

And then there is the street art — fanciful La Catrinas who welcome passersby into restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries.  La Catrina tin shapes that hang from doors and tree branches.  She is ubiquitous and beautiful.

On my first night in Oaxaca, I captured several elegantly adorned La Catrinas as we walked from our lovely El Diablo y La Sandia Bed & Breakfast to dinner at La Biznaga, and then on to a photography lecture at the Centro Fotographico Alvarez Bravo.

On Macedonio Alcala, we stepped into the Plaza San Jeronimo as a pink plumbed Catrina called to us.

At Galeria Q on Abasolo we were captivated by a La Catrina in a big red hat.








I  will take more photos as we begin to move through Los Muertos in Oaxaca.

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