Hand Painted Seismic Critters

Hand Painted Seismic Critters

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Hand painted Seismic Critters. These come packaged as an assortment of best sellers. These incredibly popular and whimsical “Seismic Critters” are born in rural southern Mexico in villages of the North American Native Nahua. As a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, these little creatures began their lives as gourds, grown to become motion filled mascots, pets and pals. The artisans who make them speak Nahuatl. The Nahua call these creatures “Tlalolini”, which means earthquake. They believe these creatures are endowed with the super power of telekinetic earthquake detection. In the Nahua villages, these delicately balanced zoomorphics are kept under glass and used to detect temblors or seismic activity. Popular with children, they were soon taken to the town and city markets, where Spanish is spoken, and where they were renamed “Sismicas” . Their journey has taken these lovable “Seismic Critters” from the land of the Nahua, to you.

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