Let’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. It is not, as some mistakenly assume, Mexican Independence Day.

The Legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl

Enrique Ramos is a Mexican artist who works with many different mediums to create images of pop culture and Mexican history.

Ripley’s proudly displays a lot of his candy art, but one of his more ambitious pieces is a series of paintings cataloging the history of Mexican all done on the wings of real butterflies.

Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl

A centerpiece of the collection is the legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl: two of the largest volcanoes in the world. Images of this Aztec legend can be found on multiple butterflies.

According to the story, Iztaccíhuatl was a beautiful Aztec princess, and Popocatépetl was the handsome warrior who loved her.

Before going off to war, Popocatépetl asked for his beloved’s hand in marriage and was told that he could marry her if he returned from battle victorious.

While he was going, a rival suitor decided to tell Iztaccíhuatl that her intended had died on the battle field. Of course, it wasn’t true, and he was actually on the way home, but her grief was too much to bear, and she died.

When he returned home, Popocatépetl was heartbroken to find his love dead. He carried her body into the mountains and died next to her. The gods, moved by the lover’s story, turned them both into mountains so that they could stand together forever.

The volcanoes that bear their names can be seen presiding over Mexico City to this day.

Butterfly Art

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Olmeca Indian – Stone Head Carvers

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Teotituacan Indian – Step Pyramid Builders

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Mayan Indian – Chichen Itza Pyramid

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Zapotecas Indians with Jaguar God

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Totonas Indians and the Tajin Temple

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Toltec Indian Priest

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Aztec Indian Capital City- Tenochtitlan

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Aztec Indian Dawn of Civilization

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Popocatépetl Creates the Sunrise

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Death of Iztaccíhuatl

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Arrival of Conquistador Hernando Cortez

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Cuauhtemoc, Keeper of the Aztec Gold

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Tulum, the Ocean Temple

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Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl Ascending to the Mountains

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Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl Become Mountains

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San Bortolo de las Casa, the Baptizer of the Indians

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The Spanish Inquisition

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Revolutionary Priests: Father Hidalgo & Father Morales

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Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz: Mother of the Revolution

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Benito Juarez-Writer of the Independence

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Francisco “Pancho” Villa and Emiliano Zapata

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Stirrings of Revolution

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Revolutionaries in the Trenches

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Diego Rivera-“La Catrina”

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Soladera Adelita-Lover of Pancho Villa

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The Market of Tianguis

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The Serenade: Guitarist and Senorita

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The Charro

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President Benito Juarez & Painter David Alfaro Siqueiros

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Revolutionary after Painting by Siqueiros

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The Bull Fight

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The Day of the Dead

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Pedro Infante (actor) & Cantinflas (comedian)

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The Flag of Mexico

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