Art by Rosa Corrales-Ortiz
The mariposa carries rich Pre-Columbian symbolism as representing transformation and even physical manifestations of ancestors returning for a visit. According to Mayan belief, the “Galactic Butterfly” is said to represent all of the consciousness that has ever existed in this galaxy.For many Latin@ advocates, the mariposa is also a symbol for violence prevention and social justice. In 1981, attendees of the first Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogota, Colombia declared November 25th as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. November 25th was chosen to commemorate the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa) on November 25, 1960 by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. In 1999, the United Nations officially recognized November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Mirabal sisters were known as “las mariposas.”
About the Artist:
Rosa Corrales-Ortiz is a local artist, native of the Southwest. Her artwork has been on exhibit in local venues in Austin, San Marcos and Kyle, Texas and also abroad in Gallipoli, Italy. Rosa has worked for several nonprofit organizations in which she has donated artwork for causes such as human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, women’s human rights, social justice, equality and peace. Rosa is a member of the Arte Sana Board of Directors.
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