The tree of life in the the Anthropologic Museum

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The creation of Trees of Life is part of the pottery and ceramic traditions of the central highlands of Mexico. Pottery in this area can be traced back to between 1800 and 1300 B.C. including the clay figures.
After the Spanish conquest, friars destroyed articles, including ceramics, that depicted the old gods, and replaced them with images of saints and other Christian iconography. A tree of life is variously a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies; a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet; and a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense.

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Comments (3)

ebi lutze on April 18, 2012

Hi Eva * What a wonderful piece of art.L Greetings from Australia and thanks for visiting and commenting. Regards Ebi

AustralianNomads on April 18, 2012

Wow, that looks great - I like it! Thanks for your comment...a bit late, but where I have been, there was no Internet. Bw Ricky Lu

Eva Lewitus on April 18, 2012

Hi ebi and Ricky, both living now in Australia... coincidence that you two commented on the ancient findings in the Mexican Anthrop. Museum?
Anyway, thanks! Eva

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Photo taken in Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

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    by Eva Lewitus
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
    • Taken on 2008/01/23 12:48:42
    • Exposure: 0.125s (1/8)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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