Quirky and Scary Photos from Oaxaca, Mexico

Today was my third day spent in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. In preparation for Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)—and Halloween—I thought I would share just a few quirky and/or scary photos that I took today.

(This first one is definitely just quirky—an inventive sign for a sandwich shop?)

Here are some people making Día de Muertos-themed sand art in the park next to my hostel.

Now for some museum items, which I saw at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca (Museum of Oaxacan Cultures):

This woman-in-birth figurine on the right might be up to 3500 years old.

This carving on the left could very well depict a war captive with amputated genitals. (Archaeologists aren't one hundred percent certain, but it seems plausible.)

Here's one more ancient Mesoamerican artifact. I don't know how old it is or what it represents, since I didn't take a picture of its information card, but it is very... distinctive, for sure.

Now for some more sand art—a skeletal horseman and a pretty skull:

...and finally, what might be scariest of all—some Spanish arms and armor from the era of la conquista.