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I got interested in these shape-shifters through my interest in archaeology.  I happened across an article (in Wiki, of course) that talked about the western Mexican shaft tomb culture from which came my interest in the nagual, specifically the Mesoamerican nagual, that is, a person who can transform into an animal while asleep in order to do harm or mischief like Loki or Kokopelli.  These shape-shifters occur in most cultures as in the mormolyjeis, empousai, lamiai, etc. Native Americans have their own guardian animals that come to them in their coming-of-age ceremonies.  And maybe the idea of a shape shifter is a bit spooky, maybe like watching a scary movie.  All images are hand painted, including the petatillo design mimicking the weave of their petate sleeping mats.  I love them.  I hope you like them, too.
Bicephalic eagle
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a two-headed eagle in the nagual tradition.
$ 10.00
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Black owl
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting an owl in flight in the nagual tradition.
$ 10.00
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Blue angel
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting an angel in blue in the nagual tradition.
$ 10.00
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Calavera huertista (dark)
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a scorpion with the head of a skull. This was the image in an editorial in a Mexico City newspaper against President Huerta.
$ 10.00
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Calavera huertista (pale)
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a scorpion with a skull head on a light background. This was an editorial image in a Mexico City newspaper against President Huerta.
$ 10.00
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Coyote on red clay
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a coyote in the nagual tradition on red clay.
$ 10.00
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Coyote on white clay
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a coyote in the nagual tradition on white clay.
$ 10.00
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Crab woman
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a true nagual -- a woman/crab hybrid.
$ 10.00
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Dog in a garden
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a dog in a garden in the nagual tradition.
$ 10.00
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Handsome man/lion
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a true nagual as a handsome man/lion hybrid. A cross is in the sky showing the fusion of native and Christian beliefs.
$ 10.00
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Horse thieving
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a horse nagual stealing household items at night. This is a popular theme about a "bad" nagual.
$ 10.00
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Lion
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a lion. The nagual style shows up as the cross hatched petatillo background that mimics the sleeping mat (petate) of the peasant. The nagual liked to steal these sleeping mats as well as other household items.
$ 10.00
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Quail
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a quail in the nagual tradition.
$ 10.00
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Saint James the Greater
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting Saint James the Greater, or St. James the Apostle. He has his shield with the cross in one hand and his umbrella in the other. This depiction is traditional. The Spanish general had this vision of victory over the village of Tonalá the night before the battle. The vision came true. The Spanish won the battle.
$ 10.00
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Tastoan mask
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a mask with a snake in its mouth. During the re-creation of the Spanish/Tonaná battle, every year the men of the village (tastoanes) wearing these beautiful ornate masks. After the day-long celebration the masks are sold for hundreds of dollars. These are the "danced" masks. Less expensive ones can be bought, but they're not "danced".
$ 10.00
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Two dogs
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting two dogs in the moonlight in the nagual tradition. Dogs were a popular animal for the nagual shape shifting.
$ 10.00
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Two fish
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting two fish in the nagual tradition. The background is cross hatched. This is the petatillo motif showing the sleeping mat or petate.
$ 10.00
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Wilmot lion
Nagual
Hand made/hand painted ceramic tile depicting a true man/lion hybrid. The man honored is Jorge Wilmot, who went to Tonalá and invigorated their ceramic industry. The items that used to be quite inexpensive became purchased by museums around the world.
$ 10.00
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