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Vision Rite of Lady Xoc
This handmade bark painting depicts the Vision Rite of Lady Xoc. Many relief carvings have a multitude of images of important female personages engaged in ceremonial rituals. Like this piece, many depict women engaged in the ritual of bloodletting. From 723 A.D.
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Amate paper, once used in ancient times for communication with spiritual guides, is made with up to four separate varieties of tree bark. The tree bark is first cooked in boiling water for 3 or 4 hours. Then the bark fiber is washed and placed on a table. After washing, a stone called a Metlatl is used to smash the bark so it can be extended and formed to the desired thickness and measurements. Then the tree bark fiber is left to dry in the sun for 5 hours. These steps are a technique originally created by the Healers of Northern Sierra of Puebla, and dates back more than 200 years.
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