Art of the Americas to World War I
- Introduction to the Aztecs (Mexica)
- More on the Aztecs (Mexica)
- Unearthing the Aztec past, the destruction of the Templo Mayor
- Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan, the Coyolxauhqui Stone, and an Olmec Mask
- Codex Borgia
- Tlaloc vessel
- Serpent mask of Quetzalcoatl or Tlaloc
- The Sun Stone (The Calendar Stone)
- Coyolxauhqui Stone
- Monolith of Tlaltecuhtli (Earth Lord)
- Double-headed serpent
- The House of the Eagles, and sculptures of Mictlantecuhtli and Eagle Warrior
- Eagle Warrior (Mexica)
- Stone kneeling figure of Chalchiuhtlicue
- Mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca
- Brazier of Chicomecoatl
- Sacrificial Knife with Mosaic Handle and Chalcedony Blade
- Aztec art and feasts for the dead
- Feathered headdress
- Aztec feathered headdress: backstory
- Remembering the Toxcatl Massacre: The Beginning of the End of Aztec Supremacy
- Painting Aztec History
Coyolxauhqui Monolith (Aztec), c. 1500, volcanic stone, found Templo Mayor, Tenochtitlan, excavated 1978 (Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City)
Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank. Created by Steven Zucker and Beth Harris.
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- I know it is anachronistic to project our own biases on ancient civilizations, and it hampers objectivity. None the less, I find the blood lust of the Aztecs disturbing. I am half English and half Mexican, but I haven't returned to Mexico in over a decade, these days I am too frightened to take my children to see the places were my father grew up. Is it fair, in this context, to ask if the remote past has any influence on the present, or must we be silent and mindful of cultural sensitivities?(0 votes)
- The English did plenty of horrific things in their past too, babarity is pretty equal opportunity when it comes to humanity in general.
I doubt there are many cartel members who look at ancient mexica and think "oh yeah, this is great, let's go with this!" beyond a really cosmetic affectation of the violence.
You'd have more luck blaming drug/crime violence on US foreign policy, and colonialism in general than the Aztec.(22 votes)
- Without listening to the video, does anyone know how to pronounce COYOLXAUHQUI Stone?(4 votes)
- How do we know how to pronounce names from the gods and goddesses? When people dig artifacts up, how do they know what to call it?(4 votes)
- The symbols in the sculptures (like the bells in her checks) allow them to match the art with written records of Aztec culture and religion.(2 votes)
- Does anybody have any thoughts as to the function of this myth on the worldview of the Aztec? It is clearly important as there was a monthly celebration around it.
Perhaps it is simply to show that you don't mess with Huitzilopochtli?(4 votes)
- You are correct. The decorations of Templo Mayor related to the Aztec Myth, together with the ritual ceremonies that took place there, connoted the power of Mexica empire and their patron deity, Huitzilopochtli. It took a role in showing off the power of the empire to the surrounding empires/nations.(2 votes)
- So just for clarification: the process of the monolith's movement during the different building phases would be that the dug up the stone, moved it to the same position it was in relative to the new construction, then ritualistically buried it there and replaced it with a new stone?
For the third major construction peroid, did they dig up and rebury both of the previous 2 stones? So that 3 were found?(3 votes)
- I think they re-made the stone itself and put it in the same location, but I'm not completely sure myself.(3 votes)
- The video mentions that with the construction of each new temple, they would create a new stone and put in in the same place? Do they have all the Coyolxauhqui Stones, or just the top/last one?(2 votes)
- How does the Coyolxauhqui Stone reflect the culture's concept of morality? It's really complexed for me.(2 votes)
- Why does Coyolxauhqui get enraged at the fact that her mother became pregnant on snake mountain?(2 votes)
- I read this as "Mom was defiled". It sounds like an 'honor killing' sort of thing.(1 vote)
- What was the (Coyolxauhquly)stone used for(2 votes)
- During the ritual ceremony called "The Raising of the Banners", the Aztec people killed and rolled the war captives down the staircase to make them fall atop the Coyolxauqui monolith. This was an act of reenacting the myth, where Huitzilopochtli(god of the sun) kills and rolls Coyolxauhqui down the mountain named Coatepec.(2 votes)