Mexico from Slides prt3: Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán, first view

Teotihuacán, first view

Our travel-guide was a good one. She wanted us to be in the bus early for our trip to the remains of the Aztec City Teotihuacán, because she knew that later on the place would be crowded. It was a dreary day. We skipped the coffee and an introduction and started immediately. My first impression was: huge!

Ancient

Ancient

The Temple of Quetzalcoatl

The Temple of Quetzalcoatl

This was the first pyramid we met. It’s The Temple of Quetzalcoatl or, The pyramid of the Feathered Serpent (or a mix of the two..). Quetzalcoatl (=”Feathered Serpent”) was the God of the winds and rains and the creator of the world and mankind. He appears as a mix of a bird and a rattle snake. A large number of sacrificial burials were found at the pyramid, believed to be carried out as part of the dedication of the temple. We didn’t see one.

The Temple of Quetzalcoatl prt2

The Temple of Quetzalcoatl prt2

Quetzalcoatl and Tláloc in Relief

Quetzalcoatl and Tláloc in Relief

The reliefs on the facade of the pyramid show the heads of Quetzalcoatl and Tláloc, who is the God of rain, water, lightning and agriculture. In the days of the Aztecs these pyramids were painted in hard colours. Too bad all that has faded completely.

Tláloc

Tláloc

Stairway of the Past

Stairway of the Past

SteepStairs

SteepStairs

Dark in the Rain

Dark in the Rain

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