The icons (symbols) used on this website are gratefully and respectfully borrowed from the ancient indigenous people of Mexico. In these cultures, as well as others throughout the world, stamps were used for a variety of purposes which include creating: relief designs on pottery, tattooing, decorating paper codices, ritual and adornment of everyday objects.
In indigenous tradition creating works of art, physical adornment and ritual symbology was and is a way of life. The use and repetition of symbols is a way of expressing, communicating, storytelling and recreating their mythology in an artistic living form. Symbols often portray elements of nature and patterns, which are representative of the interconnected and collective nature of indigenous mythology and spiritual practice. Many of these symbols are still used today by the modern indigenous people of these areas and are commonly seen in weavings and other objects.
It is profoundly insightful to study symbols and their use throughout the world. The similarities and parallels found in cultures thousands of miles and sometimes thousands of years apart is a testament to the universal and spiritual threads that connect us all.
The symbols which are reproduced in this modern context are used as a way of expressing and honoring the universal meaning that symbols, ritual, expression, nature and art continue to play in our modern human world.
Note: it is difficult to determine the precise origin and dates of these stamps as many are held in private collections or were found and later give to Museums and other institutions. Most range from 200 BCE to 1200 CE.