In the town of Huaquechula, situated between the volcanoes of Ixtaccihuatl, Popocatepetl, and Malintzin in the State of Puebla, colorful polychrome pottery made specifically for the altars or ofrendas can be found in the markets. Painted with gloss or mat commercial paints over white slip, the pottery comes in the form of incense burners, candlesticks, and figurines. Sometimes glitter is incorporated into the painted patterns, typically floral. Some pieces include molded figures of cherubs, children or adults carrying musical instruments or fruits. White and pink sugar lambs, are commonly found. Breads and flowers, typically the marigold or cempasúchil and cockscomb or Mano de León flowers are sold as well. Ofrendas in Huaquechula can be free standing but are more likely to be set up along a wall. They are built in tiers and can rise as high as 12 to 15 feet. This type of ofrenda may be related to funerary catafalques brought to Mexico by the Spanish.

Link: Day of the Dead in Huaquechula

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