The Dance of the Mexicanos is a variation of the Serpent Dance, a fertility ritual banned by the Catholic Church because of its sexual orientation. The dancers wear “Charro” clothes, big silver guns and huge Mexican hats. Brunette skin, extraordinary thick sideburns, curly hair and wide moustache carvings portray the typical Mexican character. This specific character has larger than usual painted sideburns as a personal distinction. The prominent nose is a remembrance to the Mayan God of Rain and Fertility: “Chac”. The costumes have Mexican flags allover, because the serpent on the Mexican national emblem remembers, in a very diplomatic way, the Serpent Dance. During the Dance, the role of these characters is as cowboys from a ranch. Brown glass eyes are highlighted by delicate painted eyelashes and eyebrows; striking teeth in a smiling gesture give the classic Mexicano look. Patina on the back denotes use.
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Age: Approximately carved in the 1960’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché
Origin: San Cristobal, Totonicapán
Use: Dance of the Mexicanos
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 8” x 6” x 6”