Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Guide Dogs to the Underworld

Mexican Funerary Art - Guide Dogs to the Underworld

Dogs are commonly found in Mexican Funerary Art (as shown in these images taken at the L.A. County Museum of Art.) During the 16th century it was believed that dogs would guide the dead along the pathways to reach the underworld, this is why many burials from this period were frequently found with dog skeletons.

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