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Painting inspired by a trip to a local east Los Angeles cemetery. The cemetery was recent in historical terms, it being no older than early 19th century (most likely late 19th century). Yet it was full of ancient symbology such as Egyptian, Greek, and Roman style masoleums and Egyptian obilisks. It being a Christian cemetery it had many grave statues with the Virgin Mary. The most striking thing about the Marys was that in many cases the ethnicity was obviously native mexicans. Mayan women I would guess mostly. These statues of ancient people were also exhibited with their ancient symbol; the Mayan cross (which is almost identical to the Christian cross). Everything in the cemetery pointed to something much more ancient than people realize who visit the cemetery. Thus, death is older than they think. Death Is Older Than You Think.

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