Teotihuacan… Where Men Become Gods

Ruins of The Americas | | May 17, 2009 at 12:46 am




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teotihuacanThe mysterious city is located 30 miles north of Mexico City and at its peak around 600 AD it was the sixth largest city in the world. The archeologists have found that the city was far more advanced than any European city of its time. At its peak it is believed that the city had a population of over 250,000 people. The biggest mystery about the city is its history, culture and about the inhabitants. The city was later occupied by Toltec’s and later by Aztec’s who believed that the city was the origin of the Universe.

Teotihuacan’s decline was almost as rapid as its rise to prominence.

The city has a broad central avenue which is often referred as “Avenue of the Dead”.  The central avenue is flanked by Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest Pyramid in the world. Along the Avenue of the Dead are many smaller table like platforms which once served as ceremonial platforms and had temples on them. Further down the avenue is the Citadel which contains the ruined Temple of the Feathered Serpent. Citadel was a large plaza surrounded by temples that formed the religious and political center of Teotihuacan. Residential quarters can be found across the city. Teotihuacan was a center of industry, home to many potters, jewelers and craftsmen.

Large natural lava tube or cave was discovered under the Pyramid of the Sun in 1971. Archeologists have found that these predate the Pyramid itself thus implying the Aztec tradition which says that the Sun and Moon, and even the present universe were created at Teotihuacan. The caves were symbolic wombs from which gods like the Sun and the Moon and even the ancestors of mankind had emerged in the mythological past. Teotihuacan was one of the holiest cities in the Aztec times. Some of the gods worshiped in the city were Feathered Serpent and the Rain God. Teotihuacan was also a place where sacrifices were offered to please the gods including those of human and animals.

Teotihuacan is not only an enormous city but also a place where the visitors get a chance to see many different mural paintings depicting mythical figures of Gods, jaguars, nocturnal beings and liquid skies.

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  1. vareeja says:

    Teotihuacanos practiced human sacrifice: human bodies and animal sacrifices have been found during excavations of the pyramids at Teotihuacan.

    Scholars believe that the people offered human sacrifices as part of a dedication when buildings were expanded or constructed. The victims were probably enemy warriors captured in battle and brought to the city for ritual sacrifice to ensure the city could prosper.

    Some men were decapitated, some had their hearts removed, others were killed by being hit several times over the head, and some were buried alive.

    Animals that were considered sacred and represented mythical powers and military were also buried alive, imprisoned in cages: cougars, a wolf, eagles, a falcon, an owl, and even venomous snakes

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