What is an “Alebrije”?

Did you know that the Ley .925 Logo is an “Alebrije”?

What do we know about “Alebrijes”?

We all know more about “Alebrijes” after the popular movie film: “Coco” from Pixar Studios. We had the opportunity to see the dog, which turned out in to an “Alebrije” by the end of the movie. We could follow the story about what is an “Alebrije” and the special meaning it has for the Mexican culture.

But, What is an “Alebrije”?

“Alebrijes” are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures.

Who is the onventor of the “alebrijes”?

The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, “Alebrijes”. Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.

 

Sources:
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