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Ancient model of the universe discovered

By T.K. Randall
January 5, 2018 · Comment icon 7 comments

The site has been associated with the Aztec rain god Tlaloc. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Ivanpares
Archaeologists have unearthed a depiction of the mythical Aztec universe on the side of a volcano.
The stone sanctuary, or 'tetzacualco', was found at Nahualac - a site within the foothills of the Iztaccihuatl volcano in Mexico.

The structure was positioned within a pond to make it appear as though it was floating and there is even evidence to suggest that the Aztecs deliberately diverted two springs to achieve this.

"These visual effects, in addition to the characteristics of the elements that make up the site and the relationship they have with each other, make us suppose that Nahualac could represent a microcosm that evokes the primitive waters and the beginning of the mythical time-space," said Iris del Rocio Hernandez Bautista, an archaeologist with the National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Artefacts unearthed at the site include ceramic fragments, gemstones and even organic remains.

"In this area, ceramic materials were identified on the surface, some of them identified as Coyotlatelco (750-900 AD), Mazapa (850 to 900 AD) and Tollan Complex (900-1150 AD)," said Bautista.

"Altogether, the archaeological evidences cover an approximate area of 300 by 100 meters."



Source: IB Times | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
Bet the fella that built it was burned alive at the stake ... ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by lightly 6 years ago
Awesome.  Again with the "Primeval Waters" idea at the formation of the universe....absolutely fascinating how many cultures share that idea?
Comment icon #3 Posted by NightScreams 6 years ago
Traveling philosophy salesmen. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by DebDandelion 6 years ago
Interesting read
Comment icon #5 Posted by _KB_ 6 years ago
well I know my culture has it, I've herd of at least 4 other cultures having it, and i bet at least 2 more cultures with a shared origin of mine have that so I'd give a minimum estimate of 7... emphasis on minimum Edit: Plus this one so 8, not sure how i forgot about it
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
Would be interesting to know how much have been spend in time and resources for belief and religion in history !
Comment icon #7 Posted by lightly 6 years ago
Apparently, the belief in Water being involved in the formation of the Universe, or at least the Earth, was shared by the Egyptians, Greeks, southeast Asians, (China not so much?) and the belief traveled to the Americas.... another interesting thing,to me, is the imported belief in Sky Burials...those platforms for the dearly departed to fascilitate the transport of eyes, internal organs ,like the heart( which are generally the first things eaten and transported) to the great beyond by vultures and such. That was practiced all over Anotolia and that whole region....it's just interesting to ... [More]


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