Mexico unearths monolith of Aztec God
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 2:16p.m.
Archaeologists in Mexico made a dramatic discovery in the state of Morelos when they uncovered an 8th century monolith featuring an Aztec God weighing 60 tonnes.
With agricultural images engraved on its side, the massive stone is believed to have been used by the Aztecs to call on the god of rain.
"These signs on the rock are fundamentally associated with agriculture and water. We think it's highly probable that it (the monolith) was used during rituals to ask for rain and it was placed in a position facing Popocatepetl," said archaeologist Raul Gonzalez.
With the ritual stone also bearing the image of the Aztec god Tlaloc, experts are connecting the massive monolith to the nearby archaeological site of Xochicalco.
"We have numbered them (hieroglyphics) all and those we have been able to decipher include a corn figure and one of Tlaloc," added Gonzalez. "We also have others which are anthropomorphous and others which are amorphous, which are four-legged animals. We don't know the exact definition or what they represent but they are there."
Reforma newspaper reports that construction workers building a shopping centre in the area first encountered the priceless artefact and notified authorities.
Further investigations by Mexico's Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) unearthed the massive monolith near a highway connecting to the nearby city Cuautla. The scientists hope the 60-tonne monolith will have its final resting place at the UNESCO-listed Xochicalco zone.
The Aztecs, a warlike and deeply religious people who built monumental works, ruled an empire stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean - encompassing much of modern-day central Mexico.
Their often bloody reign ended when they were subjugated in 1521 by the Spanish, led by Hernan Cortes.
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26/07/2011 4:44:40 a.m.
"FYI Tony": The article doesn't say that the aztecs were in the 8th century, it's obviouslly the monolith the one that borned in the 8th century, and centuries later the aztecs used it to leave the symbols they made and it's a fact that the aztecs had a writting system. And yes, Tláloc was a rain god, along with Huitzilopochtli the god of war, were the 2 most importants gods in the aztec empire. A little of knowledge and common sense before talking, don't you think?
14/07/2011 6:23:50 a.m.
Gee, the "Aztec God" weighed 60 tonnes!?!
14/07/2011 2:02:37 a.m.
Axayactl Enrique wrote:
Definitely Tláloc was the Mexica (Aztec) God, for the rain and the fertility, He was revered by to many cultures not only the Aztecs, let's don't forget that the Teotihuacan and the Tolteca were the direct cultural ancestors of the Aztecs and they have already a cult to this God in the 8th century.I think this monolite could belong to the Teotihuacán nation from that time more than to the late Aztecs. And also, the Aztecs have created a WRITING SYSTEM made of Glyphos, on wich they could expressed whole ideas...
13/07/2011 2:02:16 a.m.
Yes, Tlaloc was a Rain God and yes, he was venerated by the group which we call "Aztecs", but the "Aztecs" were not around in the 8th century, and they were never the population of Morelos even when they did reign over a large part of Mexico from their base in central Mexico.
The group that used this monolith would have had their own Rain God, and the style of the "Aztec" Rain God symbol may be partly derived from or influenced by the symbology from Morelos. More likely both symbols share common ancestry.
12/07/2011 12:55:58 p.m.
In response to Tony: Tlaloc absolutely was an an Aztec rain god. Specifically he was a god of rain, fertility and water. Also the article did not reference a "writing system", it mentions hieroglyphs and this is technically accurate. The Aztecs had a proto-writing system comprised of pictographs and ideograms.
12/07/2011 12:26:48 p.m.
FYI, Tlaloc is not an Aztec rain god, the Aztecs weren't in the area in the 8th century, and they never had a writing system.
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