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LOS ALEBRIJES

DE OAXACA

. The famous Mexican artisan work known as Los Alebrijes came to prominence a few decades ago by Perdro Linares from Oaxaca. The legend has it that as a young man he fell unconscious for several days from a strange malady. During the illness he dreamed of a fantasy forest where there were incredible creatures: lions with eagle heads; cocks with bulls` horns; donkeys with wings; dogs with spiders` legs; and many more. alebrijes-multi.jpg  
  alebrije-scorpion.jpg ISupposedly the name of Alebrijes was screamed during his dreams, and the shock returned him to consciousness. After recovering from his ordeal he felt a sense of gratitude to the strange creatures of his dreams, and set about creating models to show everyone what they had been like.
He was already skilled in cardboard modeling, so he easily reproduced a selection of the weird colourful creatures. The paper maché, wood and cardboard art work eventually became famous throughout Mexico, and made Pedro a famous character. Los Alebijes are now very much part of Mexican culture and their popularity extends worldwide as tourists buy the impressive models as souvenirs of their trips. alebrije-frog.jpg  
     

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