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Museum of Anthropology and History – Comayagua, Honduras

Enjoy a tour of the Lenca Museum in Comayagua. This virtual tour is very interesting since it talks about the history of the Lencas. Since the video is in Spanish, I have transcribed it in English, you can read this summary of what is shown on the video, I hope you enjoy this virtual visit.

The Museum of anthropology and history in Comayagua, is the only museum in Honduras that has information about the history of the Lencas. Comayagua was the capital of Honduras from 1824 until 1880, when the capital was moved to Tegucigalpa, current capital of the country.

When you see the video the first images inside the house, are of fossilized bones of sloths and jaguars that lived in the region. Also, you will be able to see some petrified sea shells, which leads to believe that a long time ago the main land was covered by the ocean.

Lenca Prehistoric Art of Honduras– Arte Rupestre

The first carved stone was found near the Yohoa Lake in the center of Honduras, it has the image of a feathered serpent, which symbolized the fertility of the land and abundance of water.

Behind the carved stone we can see a replica of caves found in La Paz, which are around 14,000 years old, making it the oldest cave in America that contains pictographic drawings. The Lencas were nomads, so this is why the archeologist have found paintings and sculptures all over the country. The paintings were used to teach children the importance of the ceremonies, in one of the paintings it is possible to observe that the whole tribe, several snakes and the shaman are painted on the stone. Also at the bottom right hand corner, we can see a painting of a ball, which leads the archeologists to believe that the Lencas invented the ball game that the Mayans are famous for. The Mayans came to this region 400 year later than the Lencas.

The main archeological finding of the Lencas is known as Chircal or Miravalle Village. On the video you can observe a model with one pyramid and several houses of the village, the Lencas had to leave their village because a volcanic eruption in El Salvador.

Lenca Cermics and Colored Pottery

First, we can see several small carved stones used to make tattoos and several small statues. Then it is possible to observe different types of pottery with drawings. The pottery usually uses three colors: black, brown and white. Also, the Lencas made collars and earrings of jade and other types of stone.

In the final room, which used to be part of the president’s main office, we can see several oil paintings. In the room we can see that now different types of clothing used by the Lencas are being displayed. If you continue to see the video, there will be no more objects used or made by Lencas. All of the other rooms contain objects of the time that the museum was the presidential house when Comayagua was the capital of Honduras.

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Handmade Crafts in Honduras

I have posted this great video, that describes some of the most typical handmade crafts in Honduras, and where you can find them. There is a great variety of handmade crafts such as hard-carved wooden boxes, woven chairs, indigenous pottery, jewelry and hammocks in Honduras and each city has its own special selection. This video explores some of the options of where you can find authentic and quality crafts in Honduras.
Valle de Ángeles, a small town located near Tegucigalpa, is known for its leather, carved wooden boxes, weavings and clay roosters. The distinctive pottery made by the indigenous Lenca people is a unique option – one that is only made in Honduras. And Bay Islands, recognized for their handmade jewelry and hammocks.
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Ceramica Lenca or Lenca Pottery

Since Pre-Columbian times the Lenca ethnic group have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.

Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.

This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.

Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog.  Also soon, we will start selling some arts and crafts from Honduras. Check out our Arts and Crafts Store

Since Pre-Columbian times the Lencas have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.
Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.
This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.
Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog.

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Welcome to Honduras Arts

Welcome to Hondurasarts.com, in our blog you will find all kinds of information about Honduras. This blog has two authors, both of us were born in Honduras on a 20th of November, one year apart. We are very proud to be Hondurans and have started this project in order to encourage people to visit our beatiful country, visit its beaches, learn about its history, read interesting and positive news, learn more about the people that live in this country and specially let the world know about the different types of art in Honduras.

Our first post is dedicated to the typical Gallos de barro. In the picture above you can see  several types of ceramic chicken, commonly found in the households in Honduras. You can see from the picture that they usually are red with paintings of flowers on the chicken’s chest. They are meant to be vases that usually carry water, that is why they have the a handle in the back, so that they can pour through their mouth the water that they carry inside. Now a days, they are used more for decorative purposes on kitchens or at the front of the houses.

These “Gallos” as they are known in the country, are originally from San Lorenzo, a small town in the south of Honduras. When travelling to San Lorenzo, you will see on the edge of the road a huge line of “Gallos” being displayed for the travellers to buy.

This is just one example of different types of pottery made in Honduras, but there are also many other crafts that you will enjoy looking and reading about in this blog.

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