Mexican Historty Photo PagePhotos from John Tarleton's Brief, Irreverent History of Mexico
Colossal Olmec head found near the border of modern-day Veracruz and Tobasco. The Olmecs flourished along the coast of Southeastern Mexico from 1200 B.C. to 600 B.C., making them the oldest Meso-american civilization. Why did the Olmecs carve statues like this one? And who are they supposed to represent? Tribal leaders? Revered ancestors? Or, people who were beheaded in a ritual ballgame that served as a fertility ritual? The answer, like almost everything else about the Olmecs, remains unclear.
"La Danza del Vendadito" por Diego Rivera, 1928 "The Deer Dance" by Diego Rivera, 1928