PASSAGE TO IMMORTALITY

Throughout the history of humanity, the fleeting of life has worried men of different culture and times, after this perishing body dies, will it be my end? My step through this world, will it be forgotten? Anguishing questions that should have passed through the mind of an Egyptian pharaoh, a Roman Cesar, and why not? From a Mexican Tlacatecuhtli, Especially if we remember the Aztecs thought of themselves as the town chosen by God Huitzilpochtli, to keep him alive. Wouldn’t their important mission have to have some sort of reward?

The answer was found in Chapultepec, sacred woods for the Mexicas, where great kings of this town send to people to sculpt in rock their effigies so they could become immortal. Chapultepec was the last house of the Aztecs before establishing themselves in the Anahuac Valley. After the city of the major temple was founded, the great woods of Ahuehuetes how they are also known; the place was left as a place for recreation for the emperors, who possessed a palace at the foot of the hill. The top part was occupied by a shrine of idols that gave to the woods its character of sacred place.

This explains that the great lords of Mexico-Tenochtitlan chose him to transcend in the memory of time. There was Tlacaelel, great organizer of the empire; then Moctezuma I, Ahuizotl and finally Axayacatl. This last one, when he started feeling sick, he asked for his effigy be left sculpted at a rock in Chapultepec, next to the Moctezuma’s I effigy, when the stone representation was finally done, he demanded to see it. There they took him weakened by his sickness and in front of the statue he said good-bye to the lords of his kingdom. He died on the way back over the people who transported him in the year of 1481, like other monuments of the past the figures were destroyed little by little. Some people said on the XIX century that they were broken down by some individuals thinking that inside of them there was treasure hidden. Engineer Rivera Cambas, in his book “Colorful Artistic and Monumental Mexico” tells us that the effigy that lasted the longest was Moctezuma’s I up to the year 1753.

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