Skull Symbolism

The most common symbolic use of the skull is as a representation of death and mortality, but this has changed more recently. With the popular use of skull motifs in clothing and decor for example, skulls are now a fashion statement rather than making reference to historical symbolism.

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Aztec Skull Beliefs

The Aztecs and other Meso-American civilizations kept skulls as trophies and displayed them during their ritual that symbolized death and rebirth. Skulls were used to honor the dead, whom the Aztecs believed came back to visit during this month-long ritual. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of …

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Day of the Dead Beliefs

During Dia de los Muertos celebrations, people go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls to hear the prayers …

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Dia de los Muertos


Dia de los Muertos in Mexico – Origins

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico  are from Pre-Columbian origins. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations perhaps for 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death …

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Skull Love

On January 30, 2013 my Facebook post of this image resulted in the following comment:
Satan is the master of death, he is behind this stupid fascination with skulls.

Lol…You have a skull. Satan has nothing to do with it. It’s just a (beautiful) structural piece of our human anatomy.

But what …

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