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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Immortal Spirits: The Pre-Columbian Afterlife

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The Colima culture had a long, rich tradition of terracotta figurines for funerary purposes. Figurines accompanied the dead into the afterlife and may be connected to shamanistic religious practices. Dogs were the most common type of figurines. Although they were a culinary delicacy, dogs also represent a companion spirit of the deceased or Xolotl, the Colima god of death.

Colima culture, Late Pre-Classic Period
200 B.C.E.-100 C.E.
West Mexico
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Milton Fischmann


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