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El auto-sacrificio en Teotihuacan

Abstract : Bloodletting, together with a variable amount of pain, was probably common practice in most of Mesoamerica, well before the beginnings of Teotihuacan. A mural painting from Tlacuilapaxco shows priests presenting or offering maguey spines planted into a thick layer of vegetal material. The maguey spine is one of the recorded glyphs at La Ventilla. In the Portico 2 murals from Tepantitla, a recurrent motive is interpreted as a vessel containing plants used in self-sacrificial rituals. This hypothesis is confirmed at Atetelco where the motive is constantly associated with spiny plants used in penitential rites as well as with weapons such as knives and arrowheads. Together, they define an environment close to the huitztlampa of the Aztecs identified as the south direction at the time of the Conquest. The use of maguey spines in penitential rites was not only due to their technical properties as sacrificial instruments, it also made the penitents participate in a universe of war, sacrifice and death, foreshadowing future developments in Postclassic Central Mexico.
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Claude François Baudez. El auto-sacrificio en Teotihuacan. Americae. European Journal of Americanist Archaeology, CNRS, 2017, Teotihuacan, 2, pp.59-70. ⟨hal-02048387⟩

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