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NIGHT OF THE DEAD

Teofila has named this piece "Noche de Muertos" - which translates as "Night of the Dead."  In this image, one can see many grave mounds that are covered with fruit and candles.  These signify the offrendas - or offerings that families make to their ancestors.  There are two men digging a grave, and a baby lying in a blanket beside.  This represents the 1st of November, when the children who have passed into the other world are celebrated.  The orange arch around the top grave represents the marigolds that Muertos is so famed for - as it is believed the arches are gateways between our two worlds, when the veil between them is thinnest.