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Mexican Tona (Tono) Legend

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 22:12:59 -0500

Hi ArtsEdNetters,

I'm a little embarassed, because I need information I think someone already
gave me last summer or fall. They told me about the Tona Rituals of Mexico,
but I can't find anything about it now.

In Mexico, according to popular belief, each man and woman shares a common
destiny with an animal counterpart. If someone is without food, the animal
will go hungry; if the animal suffers injury, the human being will become
ill; if the animal is killed, the human being will also die. Tona (also
Tono) is the Spanish term referring to these animal guardians or soul
companions. It is my understanding that there are many celebrations and
rituals in Mexico where Tona masks are worn.

My 7th graders are having a blast making full head Tona Masks of animals
they feel they might have a special Tona relationship with. My problem is I
can't find anyone with information substantiating the existance of these
Tona Rituals in Mexico. I've asked our Spanish teacher, I've looked in a
few libraries, and on the internet, but with no success. Has anyone ever
heard of it? Have any suggestions on where I should look? Who told me
about this in the first place?

Perhaps some of our new bi-lingual ArtsEdNet people from Arizona will have
some information? Thanks in advance for your help!!!


Mark Alexander
1-8 Art on the Cart
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031

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