This week’s MotD theme: Temples
The circular Temple of Quetzalcoatl (God of Wind) can be found in Calixtlahuaca in the Toluca Valley of highland central Mexico. In my quest to view it from overhead, I ended up on google maps and was able to see it up close and personal. Here’s the link to be able to “walk” around it for yourself: Google Maps at Quetzalcoatl. And here’s the link that puts you on top of Quetzalcoatl.
Calixtlahuaca’s most striking temple, Building 3, is thought to be this unusual shape because it is dedicated to the God of Wind – and for two good reasons: a statue of Ehecatl, the God of Wind, was found within it during Payón’s excavations of the 1930’s; and, the diaries of a Spanish friar and chronicler named Torquemada tells of being shown glorious round Aztec temples that were dedicated to the God of Wind. The round shape is thought to reflect the infinite nature of the wind and to protect Ehecatl’s temples from his gusty nature. However, this temple isn’t Aztec and the statue of Ehecatl would have probably been introduced to Calixtlahuaca after the Aztecs subjugated the city in around 1474. The temple, on the other hand, is thought to date back as far as the 10th century when the Toltec ruled throughout this area. The main God of this time was Quetzalcoatl, a creator God who was incarnate on earth as a Lord of the Toltec in around the 10th century. Interestingly, the Aztec taught that their God, Ehecatl, was a form of the more archaic God, Quetzalcoatl.
Inspiration for Today
When looking at this temple up close, we can see they built it with square and rectangular bricks. Yet from a distance the building is round. Today’s mandala points out the value of perspective. What we may see as one thing (or person) from a distance, up close, we can see that it consists of multiple components, each with its own distinct characteristic…some perfect, some flawed.
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