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Dia de los Muertos dolls and figures invade Cheekwood

The hispanic Dia de los Muertos festival returned to Cheekwood's beautiful grounds for its 14th year on Sat., Nov. 2 bringing Mexican and Aztec dancers, Mariachis and a variety of other Latin music forms, arts, crafts, food and dolls for visitors to enjoy.

Colorful Dia de los Muertos dolls and figures take over Cheekwood
Colorful Dia de los Muertos dolls and figures take over Cheekwood
© Kathryn E. Darden. All rights reserved.
Three whimsical Dia de los Muertos dolls
© Kathryn E. Darden. All rights reserved.

Dia del los Muertos is a day set aside in Latin countries to honor the dead and to show respect for those who have passed away. The dolls at the Dia de los Muertos festival were not your typical Barbie and Ken dolls... well, maybe the skeletons of Barbie and Ken. Most of the figures were skulls and skeletons representing dead family members as well as dead martyrs.

Many of the skeleton figurines were female Catrina figures, or skeletons of upper class women dressed in a variety of outfits made popular by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. The Catrinas, skeletons and skulls were used on the colorful alters, as forms of jewelry, and as crafts for sale in the marketplace. See the slideshow for photos of El Dia de los Muertos dolls.

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