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[Music] we're in the tempo Mir Museum here in Mexico City the templo mayor refers to the main temple of the Aztecs people that was located right next door and one of the two gods that were honored at that temple was Talal Locke and we're looking at a fabulous ceramic sculpture of two thoughts head tolik was a deity associated with rain and agriculture and as we look at this pot we see that it's painted in this beautiful turquoise blue with accents in red and yellow and that beautiful Maya blue color is really key in its relationship to LA Loche because it has these connotations with preciousness with water with vegetation and one of the ways that we can identify that this is taluk in addition to the blue which is the color that was valued across many Mesoamerican cultures is those goggle eyes as big circles for eyes and the famed mouth - these are the key features of taluk and as we look around the galleries that we're in right now we can see a number of other objects displaying these goggle eyes and fangs we can identify them as flaw lock so taluk was not just a god that was important to the aztecs but he was a God he was important to many Mesoamerican cultures he is this very ancient deity and in other cultures he had different names of course but these goggle eyes and the fangs are pretty consistent in the iconography of cultures as diverse as say the Maya and the mystic so he was part of an offering he was found buried with many other objects so this particular vessel was found on the taluk side of the templo mayor it was one of many offerings that have since been found and included other types of objects like seashells coral the skeletons of aquatic animals so things that we associate with bodies of water and frolic that was his domain and so what we see here the Aztecs bringing representative types of things back from the parts of the empire that they controlled and burying them it key points during the construction phases of their main temple it's interesting to think about the fact that the Empire was founded on an island in the middle of a lake because when we look out of the window of the museum we see this vast city this one's wants an island on a lake that has since been filled in but was very fertile rain and agriculture being so key it makes sense that he would be one of the major deities and one of two here at the templo mayor we know that people were making pilgrimages or procesing to say Mount taluk which is on the edge of the lake we know that the Aztecs were using what's called chinampa agriculture essentially making raised beds on the edge of the lake to grow crops and provide food and so here at the templo mayor if we're talking about the temple side devoted to taluk the various things that have been found affiliated with that side make it into this creation of what's called Tanaka temple this mountain of sustenance which when paired with the other side devoted to the Aztec patron God of War and the Sun Huitzilopochtli created this ultimate symbol of warfare water and fire when paired together meant burnt water which was the symbol of war and which was so central a part of the culture of the Aztecs you