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asked what the Linares family did between the "Judas times." "But there are no be tween times," I was told. "We are always busy. We make toys for Christmas and the Day of the Three Kings. From January to August we make toys for Mexico City mar kets. In September we make masks and hel mets for the Independence holidays. In October we prepare for November 2, the Day of the Dead." As samples he showed me two grinning skeletons playing guitars and three dandies with death's-heads. Candymakers are equally busy toward the end of October. They turn out skeletons Seri Indians of Sonora traditionally paint not effigies but themselves. Basket maker Angelita Torres (below) applies natural pigments and lipstick in a tooth design. Ephemeral art, meticulously created, instantly destroyed, is a hallowed tradition in Mexico. During Holy Week in Mexico City, a 20-inch papier mache Judas explodes in a burst of firecrackers (left).