Screenshot from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Taste Raider: Poc Chuc

During one of her many optional side quests in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft comes across the recently-widowed Xoco, a resident of the Hidden City whose husband Sumaq had been murdered under suspicious circumstances. While Lara conducts her investigation into Sumaq’s murder, Xoco tells the inquisitive adventurer that she had been planning to …

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Decorative skulls seen in Shadow of the Tomb Raider's Cozumel level (Image credit: Tomb Raider Horizons)

Arte-Factual: Mexican Sugar Skulls

The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a multi-day festival in which Mexican families honour and remember their dead, celebrating their lives, building colourful altars for them, and welcoming their spirits back to Earth for an all-too-brief but deeply cherished reunion with their loved ones. Preparations normally begin in October and culminate …

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The Toltec warrior statues in Qualopec's tomb

Arte-Factual: Toltec Warriors

Sharp-eyed gamers may have noticed that the same colossal sculptures appear repeatedly throughout the Peruvian levels of the original Tomb Raider (1996), most notably in the Tomb of Qualopec. These sculptures are actually based on the real-life Atlantes – or Atlantean pillars – found at Tula, a Postclassic archaeological site in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.** The four …

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