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Homage to Our Ancient Alien Roots

Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead

Sometimes these little alien spirits force me to paint and repaint over and over before they say I have achieved a good design that suits them. It is not the criticism I mind, it is the method of communication. Thank me later, cats ARE alien spies, but cats do not appreciate obedience. When alien spirits insist the cat critics identify flaws in design the resentful beasts drag their tails through the paint to emphasize the degree to which they have capitulated.purdy skullmask1

These aliens remind me of renaissance paintings which when x-rayed were found to have layers of several paintings beneath the visual surface.    These little nightmares of the ancient past might protect you from the invasion through solidarity, or on the other hand, it's possible aliens will see a threat and in that case you are toast. It's a 50/50 proposition.

Give your great, great, great to the Nth power times 4 squared a nod of remembrance. (I obviously have no grasp of math) This painted skull, ancient alien undoubtedly resembles a relative or two somewhere down the line.

Ancient alien theorists claim that visiting Alien astronauts traveled, mined the Earth for minerals thousands of years ago. UFOlogists surmise these aliens experimented and genetically produced we modern humanoids for fun and recreation. I've created some ancient alien skulls for star gazers and ufologists may pay respects to their space alien ancestors just in case they suddenly drop in for another visit.

 

About Skull Masks

human skull paintedthBrief History About Skull Masks

Mexican skull masks were worn during ceremonial rituals thousands of years before the Spanish conquest. Many masks represented animal spirits and Gods for religious worship.

All Souls Day or Aztec and Latino Mexican crafts for fun child learning activity. Celebrations such as Día de los Muertos express the influence of the blending of pre-Hispanic deities with Christian saints brought to the Americas by Spanish priests who sought to convert the indigenous natives to Christianity. The mixture of cultures brought about completely new religious traditions over a period of several hundred years.

Skeletons and Skulls

November 2nd is Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) or All Souls´ Day when it is believed dead relatives return from their resting places to visit their loved ones. This celebration seems macabre and creepy but is in fact a happy and colorful celebration and Mexico's most important religious holiday. The holiday originated way back in Aztec times when they held festivals dedicated to the goddess  Mictecacihuatl who watches over the bones of the dead. This is the day when entire families visit cemeteries and churches bringing with them with flowers, candles, and prayer to reinforce the solidarity between living and dead persons.

Death head masks are usually decorated with bright colors and fantastic designs. Calaveras are colorfully decorated sugar skulls that are made both to adorn altars and to be eaten on the Day of the Dead.

Calaca skulls and skeletons wear festive clothing with flowery hats decorated with marigold flowers and foliage and are usually shown, dancing, and playing musical instruments.

 

These Karma Carrier versions of painted skulls are a sampling of the skulls I have painted. I finally taught myself how to make some pretty good molds that the Celluclay pulp into which will fairly quickly pop out a nice little skull. I will post a few more from time to time.