LA CATRINA DAY OF THE DEATH PART THREE
La Catrina has become the icon of death in its most sublime representation...
La “Calavera Garbancera” turns 100 years
La Catrina has become the icon of death in its most sublime representation. It is being used in almost all “Día de Muertos” celebrations in the country and it has escaped from Posada’s or Rivera’s drawings and paintings, into the realm of sculptures and handcrafts.
In Posada’s own city, Aguascalientes, a monument has been built by its entrance of La Catrina, and she is also the host of the Feria de las Calaveras (Calaveras festival) that takes place around the “Día de Muertos” there.
In 2010 La Catrina appeared in the short film “La Catrina en Trajinera” (“Trajineras” are decorated rafts that transport people through the mystical and beautiful Xochimilco canals south of Mexico city) filmed for its 100th birthday. La Catrina had already been the main character of “Hasta los
Huesos” (to your bare bones) another stop-motion short shot in 2001. In it she sings the famous song La Llorona. The plot takes place in an underworld cabaret. La Catrina is of course, dressed as in Diego Rivera’s painting.
In the same year Miss Beauty Mexico Karin Ontiveros wore the National costume award winning dress for the pageant; the Catrina dress in fuchsia.
In 2012 Aguascalientes municipality and Cuartoscuro photo magazine and agency, organised a
photo contest with death as its theme.
La Catrina in Tulum
As in many towns in Mexico, and particularly in this one for its relevance as an international tourism destination in the Mexican Caribbean, La Catrina can be found in several good handcrafts shops along the main avenue. Tulum Día de Muertos celebrations are more private than open, and the Maya people celebrate to their own tradition off the city.
Just recently, I discovered Ink2lu’um art gallery and tatoo-art place (by the Bateyrestaurant), run by Valeria and Miguel.
Miguel has been creating awesome tattoo-art (XwArt) around La Catrina in case you wonder
about getting a tattoo these holidays and, also wander a few blocks off the Scotiabank town
crossing to their shop. Miguel works in Spain off-season. These are some of his recent tattoo creations.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our stepping together through La Catrina’s doorway to have a brief
look at our Mexican culture and its heritage and symbolism that rests behind this iconic
character or ours.
Have a radiant stay in Tulum!