On a recent sunlit morning, I found myself stepping back into the echoes of ancient civilization at the Templo Mayor Museum. Templo Mayor translates to “Great Temple,” a fitting title for what was once the main temple of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan.
This majestic structure, now in ruins, was dedicated to the gods of war and rain and was the spiritual core of the city, believed by the Aztecs to be the axis mundi, the central point of the cosmos.
One exhibit that left an indelible mark on me was the statue of the god of death, a haunting image of Mictlantecuhtli. This deity, recognized by his protruding liver and stance, was associated with the lowest, northernmost level of the underworld, Mictlan.
This is the integrated Tlaloc, I think.
Here’s a serpent. I love how beautiful the colors are.
Entry is at 90 pesos. It’s such a fun museum to explore. There isn’t enough English and using Google Translate will be helpful here as well.