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cus and concentrate, to come close and then back off, to see squares within squares like
chapters and paragraphs, patterns within patterns. The mosaic was visually like Russian
nesting dolls.
The imagery and artistry were complex, with each drawing being iconic. "Within the good
there is evil," José said and commented on the black figure of death within the good half of
the mural. Likewise, the wicked side had a subtext of benevolence as if to warn the good
of the potential for evil and to instill hope among the wicked for benevolence.
José continued. "The left side represents the male, whose symbol is the scorpion. It rep-
resents scarcity, darkness and evil. The right side, the female side, is represented by the
firefly (glow worm). It brings abundance, light and good. The mural recorded pre-Hispan-
ic beliefs in contemporary art. It mirrored the Huichol community's heart and soul. José
explained and pointed. The sacred disk at the center of the mural represented Tepari, Vital
Energy. There were symbols for the four elements: air, water, fire and earth. The mural
also contrasted two epochs, drought and rain. As I examined the complex art, it became
I recalled the childhood nursery rhyme, “There Was a Man,” which encouraged a second
look when something was difficult to understand.
There was a man in our town,
And he was wondrous wise,
He jumped into a bramble bush,
And scratched out both his eyes;
But when he saw his eyes were out,
With all his might and man,
He jumped into another bush,
And scratched 'em in again.
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