In Aztec temple found signs outlining the myth of Huitzilopochtli

February 16, 2012 23:24

Great Temple of Tenochtitlan (Figure Miguel Covarrubias).

A total of 23 stone tablets with thread, illustrating the myth of the birth of the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli and the sun and the start of a holy war, were discovered by archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico in front of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in Mexico City.

Tablets from volcanic rock tesontl richly illustrated designs, snakes, prisoners, soldiers, and other images. The find is of great value, for the first time on the sacred territory Tenochtitalana found something iconographic, sheds light on the mythology of the ancient civilization.

Plates were turned face to the place where rituals in honor of Huitzilopochtli. This means that they go back to the fourth stage of construction of the Great Temple (1440-1469 years).

According to the myth, the goddess of earth and fertility Coatlicue peacefully swept as suddenly in her womb became pen, and it suffered. This situation angered her children, and 400 soldiers Aztlan headed goddess Koyolshauki decided to get up to the mountain of Coatepec, where she lived Coatlicue, and kill her. Thus began a holy war. On the shores of Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico south Mimishkoas soldiers founded the city, which in Nahuatl means "to come down from heaven."

In the end, that Huitzilopochtli struck four hundred soldiers, and very Koyolshauki then have the stars and moon.

On one of the plates engraved image of smoking dart. Near found obsidian. On another plate cut soldier, carrying in one hand chimalli (shield), and the other — a device for throwing darts. Apparently, this is Huitzilopochtli.

Another plate depicts a figure of a prisoner, he is on his knees, his hands tied behind his back, tears streaming from his eyes, and he's trying to say something. Also found in the image profile severed head in feather dress with headphones.

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