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Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tlaloc

Tlaloc, God of rain, fertility and water.


Tlaloc was an important deity in Aztec religion. He was a beneficent god who gave life and sustenance, but he was also feared for his ability to send hail, thunder and lightning, and for being the lord of the powerful element of water. In Aztec iconography he is normally depicted with goggle eyes and fangs. He was associated with caves, springs and mountains.
  
In Aztec cosmology, the four corners of the universe are marked by "The Four Tlalocs" which both hold up the sky and functions as the frame for the passing of time. Tlaloc was the patron of the Calendar day Mazatl and of the trecena of Ce Quiyahuitl (1 Rain). In Aztec mythology, Tlaloc was the lord of the third sun, which was destroyed by fire.
  
In the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, one of the two shrines on top of the Great Temple was dedicated to Tlaloc. The High Priest who was in charge of the Tlaloc shrine was called "Quetzalcoatl Tlaloc Tlamacazqui". However the most important site of worship to Tlaloc was on the peak of Mount Tlaloc, a 4100 metres high mountain on the eastern rim of the Valley of Mexico. Here the Aztec ruler came and conducted important ceremonies once a year, and throughout the year pilgrims offered precious stones and figures at the shrine.
  

In Coatlinchan a colossal statue weighing 168 tons was found that was thought to represent Tlaloc. Some scholars believe that the statue may not have been Tlaloc at all but his sister or some other female deity. This statue was relocated to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City in 1964. [Wiki]


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12 comments :

brattcat said...

Fabulous image. I love the contrast between ancient and modern. And that mesmerizing sky.

Camarandante said...

Una foto estupenda!!

Un gran saludo

Crissant said...

Eso es muy grande....
Una foto espectacular, un blanco y negro con contrastes increíble.
Enhorabuena!

Luis Gomez said...

Bellisima imagen. Que hermosa foto.

Costea said...

Interesante monumento. Sobrevivido durante todos estos años.

Irina said...

Great image. Thank you for so very interesting info.

Walter Helena said...

Gorgeous in black and white; thank you for sharing!

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Anya said...

wow!!
Its more as only a stone ;)
Unique !!

joo said...

I love the photo and thanks for the informations:)

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

hello!! great image!! good contrast!!

T. Becque said...

Wow, that's a cool image! Wonderful tones.

AB said...

This statue is great. But the guy looks a little mean. I hope he does not ask me to pronounce his name

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