REGION: Latin America
VALUE: 3 pesos

This stamp was issued in 1982 as part of a series on Mexican folk art. This specific stamp depicts a jaguar (tigre) mask from the town of Olinalá in Guerrero state. The Tigrada is a festival in which the townsfolk dress as jaguars with wooden masks and dance or parade around town while drinking mescal and forcing anyone he catches to eat spicy green chiles. The Tigrada originated as an Aztec ceremony to promote the fertility of the land.