Today I will present you La Muerte doll – something special and as close to Halloween theme as possible – perfect for this time of year!
La Muerte is a close resemblance to Santa Muerte – a female deity in Mexican folk religion, particularly Folk Catholicism, that is a personification of death itself. She is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees.
On animated movie The Book of Life [if you didn’t saw it yet – I strongly recommend it! It is great story and really well made lesson about other’s beliefs] La Muerte is presented as feminine personification of death and a good hero, who takes care of all the people – both dead and living. Her outfit is everything, that Day of the Dead feast needs: flowers, sugar skulls, and all the Mexican colors and symbols.
She is perfect! But what else could you expect from design that was delivered by Guillermo del Toro?
I must admit – I am strongly attracted to Mexican beliefs about after-life and around-death rits.
I find them more logical and more cheering than anything that my regional, dark and strongly puritan version of catholicism has to offer.
I mean – if we believe that our Loved Ones will go to Land of Remembered / heaven / you name it – after death – why should we mourn them, instead of being happy for them to be in a better place? I totally understand Mexican Day of the Dead as a happy holiday, celebrated with big feast to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
It is beautiful!
And since christianization of the region associated Dia de Muertos with catholic All Saints’ Day – it was obvious time of the year to make some dolls inspired by this awesome Mexican ritual.
It took me over 7 weeks to finish this piece, but all of almost 200 roses that I used were hand wrapped from the thinnest satin ribbon I could find. All paper flowers were handmade.
She is also my very first fully-in-acrylics repaint! No pencils were used to made her faceup this time. No chalks. Only bold lines and strong colors of acrylic paints.