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Swing in Museum of Anthropology, Jalapa, Mexico


The Ancient Mexicans had a swinging time of it: leisure pursuits ranged from swings to hammocks, ballgames to board games, complex gambling to the simplest of toys. (Written/compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

Swinging figures in the Museum of Xalapa
Swinging figures in the Museum of Xalapa (Click on image to enlarge)

Note how this couple are holding hands. Some things never change...

As usual, there’s more to these artefacts than meets the eye. It turns out that these delightful objects, from the Totonac culture, were working musical instruments! Each was a double whistle: when the swing is set in motion, the whistles attached to the backs of the figurines produce two different sounds... (source: Dances of Anáhuac by Gertrude Prokosch Kurath and Samuel Martí, 1964)

Photos by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore

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