Category: Mexico

Amazing pics that document everyday life of Mexico in 1902.

Gay men pose for a photo while being detained at a Police Station – Mexico, 1935

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Five shots of a woman braving the streets of Mexico City, circa 1950.

Found in southern Mexico City, it is a burial unlike any other we know of. Ten interlocking skeletons of various ages and genders were laid to rest, arranged in a spiral shape. Some hold ceramic spheres and stones in their hands and the grave also contains various sizes of ceramic vessels, that presumably once contained grave goods. It is the largest single burial from the Valley of Mexico.

Laid to rest in a pit about 6 feet (2 meters) wide, they were most likely interred at the same time, sometimes between 500 and 400 BCE. Archaeologists think they were buried at the same time because the arms of one person were placed under the spine of another, suggesting they were deliberately arranged. Plus, that spiral.

So far, three of the ten remains have been sexed: two women, one man. There also appears to be a range of ages. While most on first analysis are young adults, there is at least one more mature adult, a child between 3 and 5 years old, and an infant just a few months old. Some of the skeletons, though not all, also show cranial deformations and dental mutilations, which are known to have been practiced in other Mesoamerican cultures including the Maya and Inca.

You might know it as today’s Mexico City.


The Incredible Aztec Calendar Stone, In The Old National Museum Of Mexico. (1917)

A guitarist in Mexico, 1970.

This art movement, in force from 1920 to 1960, developed after World War I. There was no coherent group of artists associated with Magic Realism. Instead, it was a slow-moving idea which developed first in Europe then crossed to the Americas. It focused on the underlying emotions an artist was trying to convey, and evolved as a representational art style; artists combined what appeared to be ordinary scenes with elements of fantasy that concealed enigmatic or unexpected ideas. Paintings in the Magic Realism style often had bright colors and eerie or mysterious moods. But the focus always remained on exploring an emotion.

The term “Magic Realism” was coined by the writer Franz Roh to describe paintings at an exhibit in Mannheim in 1925. (Or in German,

Magischer Realismus.) The art Roh was describing clearly represented the real world, yet was not necessarily lifelike. The new style was all over Europe in the 1920s and early 1930s.

But in the 1930s, the Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany meant the movement ceased developing there. However, it continued strong in other parts of the world, particularly in the Americas. Frida Kahlo is the Magic Realism painter you are probably most familiar with. Other major names include Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Colleen Browning.

Good Morning from the Daily Mirror, England, July 6, 1943

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Two trophy heads are strung on the cords that criss-cross this Mexican man’s chest. His horned headdress suggests that he is a shaman or ruler, as both wore similar headdresses in his culture. Shamans were respected not just for their abilities to communicate with the spiritual world but also for their prowess as great warriors. And this man is showing, with his two trophy heads, that he was to be feared. Of course, rulers wanted to show their military prowess as well. So the trophy heads do not settle the question of shaman vs ruler.

During shamanistic rituals, religious men would drink hallucinogenic beverages. Perhaps to help them communicate with the world beyond? The cup this figure is drinking from really makes the argument that this was a shaman, not a ruler. 

Circa 100 BCE – 300 CE.