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Museo Nacional de Antropologia

a month of visits

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I love me a good art museum. LOVE science museums as well. The other museums generally fall into a gray area for me. Anything with names and dates that aren't extraordinary to look at generally bore me. I saw some of the oldest stuff known to man in Taipei's National Museum (mostly artwork and artifacts from Beijing's Forbidden City)...I'm talking TENS of THOUSANDS of years old...after about 5 minutes I yawned my way out of there.

So I guess what I'm saying is that, museum-wise, it takes a lot to impress me. I was told that this particular museum (located in Mexico City's Chapultepec Forest) would need a full month to be fully, FULLY explored. We had a full...2 hours. In the whirlwind tour we did of modern-day native peoples, I became intrigued but definitely not fulfilled. If I do decide to live in Mexico City this coming year (it's about 50-50 right now), I will have all the time in the world to fully explore and satisfy my curiosity.

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Monumento a Los Niños Héroes, a handful of military cadets that gave their lives defending Chapultepec Castle.

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We happened upon a series of bronze statues by Leonora Carrington. This one is called "Musica para los Sordos," or Music for the Deaf.

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Another one by Carrington.

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Chapultepec means "hill of the grasshoppers." This is the symbol, the chapulin.

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Fountain inside of the museum.

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Ancient skull, which I believe is from Baja.

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A jug of a man thinking. A real thinking man's jug.

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Smoking calabaza from a tree of the dead.

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A Nahuatl text.

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A picture of a picture of a Mayan man dressed as a butterfly.

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A volador de Papantla. It is a ritual originating in Veracruz; 5 men climb atop a pole and "fly" as their ropes unwind. Pretty impressive, especially since one of them is playing a flute the whole time.

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We happened upon another traditional dancer.

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And a baby with a monkey on its head. But of course.

Stay tuned for next time! Graffiti!

Posted by lrbergen 14:59 Archived in Mexico Tagged tourist_sites

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