Sunday, June 15, 2008

Aztec Discovery

There is a increasing rate of archaeological discoveries being made every day. I love reading about new finds - Archaeologica is a great resource for archaeological news.

Humans are scouring the planet to discover the mysteries of a past that is largely forgotten. Some historical sites are well known & still occupied, like Mexico City. During the reign of the Aztecs, this area was the capital city called Tenochtitlan and was actually an island in the middle of a lake.

The Spanish invaders marveled at the city that seemed "like an enchanted vision." Of course, the Aztec city was destroyed as result of the the conquistadors' legendary greed, ignorance, and ideological fervor.

Like all conquering groups, the Spanish destroyed the Aztec temples and centers of spiritual power in order to subjugate the population. These places of power were still used, though, as the Catholic invaders established cathedrals and political buildings on the same spots.

Anyway, an area that is believed to be the palace of the last Aztec emperor, Montezuma, has been discovered beneath the Museum of Culture in Mexico City.

The article says they think they've found a windowless black room. This was where Montezuma sat in darkness, took psychedelic substances, and communed with the ancestors & spirits in visions. Obviously, his spirit guides didn't help him prevent the destruction of his empire.

Speaking of Aztec spirituality, it was very sophisticated yet completely alien to the Western modes of thought. Their concept of the ultimate nature of reality was similar to the idea of The Tao or even "The Force". At the highest level, they understood their pantheon of unique gods to be personality attributes used to describe aspects of infinite reality, or Teotl.

"I command you to surrender to Cortez
& give him large sums of gold!
Trust me!!!
Would you're Spirit Vision lie to you???"

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