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The History of Alebrijes: Origins

Alebrijes are brightly colored, fantastical creatures that originated in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. These sculptures, typically made from paper-mâché or wood, are believed to have originated in the 1930s when a Oaxacan artist named Pedro Linares fell ill and had a feverish dream in which he saw strange, surreal creatures.

Linares was so inspired by this dream that he began creating his own versions of these creatures, which he called "alebrijes."

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