The Mexican Calendar Stone

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Press of C. Hamilton, 1879 - Aztec calendar - 98 pages
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Page 15 - The building of the large sacrificial pyramid which you have undertaken approaches its end. You vowed to decorate it with a beautiful work, in which the Preserver of Mankind, Huitzilopochtli, could take pleasure. Time presses; do not delay the work any longer.
Page 32 - Ph.D. Terra Cotta Figure from Isla Mujeres, northeast coast of Yucatan, by Stephen Salisbury, Jr.. Archaeological Communication on Yucatan, by Dr.
Page 26 - ... left, 1 Tecpatl (one sacrificial knife), is a genuine symbol of the day, probably signifying the very day in which the festival was celebrated in memory of the first destruction of the world. The second tablet has the symbol for Ehecatl, or wind, in memory of the epoch when the world was destroyed by a hurricane. This epoch is separated from the first by the point of the diadem of the sun-god, and crowded in between these is visible an interesting smaller sculpture,— a wall with towers of varying...
Page 6 - Schliemann, and of Stanley, are remarkable instances of triumphant results in cases where enthusiasm had been supposed to lack the guidance of wisdom. If earnest men are willing to take the risks of personal research in hazardous regions, or exercise their ingenuity and their scholarship in attempting to solve historical or archasological problems, we may accept thankfully the information they give, without first demanding in all cases unquestionable evidence or absolute demonstration.
Page 37 - Norman at Campeche, complete the list; and many of these may have been originally merely decorations for buildings. That the inhabitants of Yucatan were idolaters there is no possible doubt, and in connection with the magnificent shrines and temples erected by them, stone representatives of their deities carved with all their aboriginal art and...
Page 51 - ... instruments, and took views of the shrine, from the altar near which I had disinterred the beautiful female head. Desiring to varnish the negatives, in order to be able to carry them safely home, I put some live coals in the bottom of the incense burner discovered on the 28th, and entered the shrine to be protected from the wind, when lo ! a slight vapor arose from .among the coals, and a sweet, delicious perfume filled again the antique shrine, as in the days of its splendor, when the devotees...
Page 7 - I shall bu able to demonstrate to you that the artist has succeeded in these sculptures in bringing before our eyes a very abstract theme, namely, that of the division of time, and indeed that peculiar division of time which existed among the people of Anahuac before the Spanish conquest. This is a brief outline of what I propose to discuss in this lecture. In a lecture which touches so closely the culture and civilization of ancient Mexico, a glance at that culture and civilization would be desirable,...
Page 56 - ... Aznar Perez, assisted as to important data by the suggestions of our late associate, the lamented archaeologist and philologist, Dr. Carl Hermann Berendt. It is a valuable addition to the topographical history of this portion of the United States of Mexico, and gives a most correct plan of the States of Yucatan and Campeachy, together with the greater part of Tabasco and Belize and portions of Guatemala and Chiapas. This map designates places occupied by the beautiful Maya ruins, and has been...
Page 15 - to replace the sacrificial stone which my father once devoted to the God of the Sun, with a new one. Let that be laid aside, but carefully preserved. I will give the laborers provisions and clothing that they may select the most proper stone from the quarries, and I will send the sculptor gold, cocoa, and colored cloth, that he may engrave a picture of the sun as it is surrounded by our other great gods.
Page 90 - The ceremony is as follows : After the child is placed astride of the hip, the woman walks round the outside of the house five times with the baby. Five eggs are buried in hot ashes, that they may there break, and the child thus have its five senses awakened. If the eggs do not break readily, it is a sure sign that the children will not be very intelligent. If they wish it to write well, they place a pen in its...

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