Long Way Down

The steps were in remarkably good condition. Probably as good as in the day when the Aztec first laid the rocks in place, surrounded them with mortar which they decorated with small stones.  It is estimated the pyramids were built sometime between 100 BC and 250 AD. Given the expanse of years and the millions…

Avenue of the Dead

The Aztecs were a people seemingly obsessed with death so much so they engaged in ritualized human sacrifice and this long straight road bordered by beautiful structures is called the Avenue of the Dead. This magnificent view is from the Moon Temple. The tall pyramid to the left is the massive Sun Temple. I never…

Speaking in Colors

This Aztec wall painting of a Puma (aka Mountain Lion) is near the Sun Pyramid along the Avenue of the dead under a protected covering to help it resist slow deterioration by the intense scrutiny of the Mexican sun. Was Puma a deity requiring worship or a guardian protecting the people or someone’s idea of…

Freed Souls

According to our guide, this pottery was broken not by vandals but by the Mayan’s themselves. After a ritual, the vessels were broken to release the human spirit. I have read a related story about Navajo rug weavers. It seems they leave a loose thread in a rug, a flaw so the weaver’s spirit has…