Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl: attracting rain and fertility

Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl: attracting rain and fertility (HM1QCE)

Location: Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal 06300
Country: Mexico

N 19° 27.037', W 99° 8.276'

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Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl: atrayendo lluvia y fertilidad

El culto a Ehécatl (dios del viento), fue muy importante porque se consideraba que éste podía atraer la lluvia y propiciar la fertilidad de la tierra. Por ello se le construyó este templo. Que visto desde las alturas, se puede distinguir su forma mixta: cuerpo principal circular y fachada formada por un cuerpo rectangular con escalinatas de acceso que están limitadas por alfardas que terminan en la parte superior en un elemento arquitectónico en forma de "dado". Sobre éste edificio estaba la capilla del dios, con su altar circular que quizá tenía techo de paja, madera y otros materiales perecederos.Frente a su plataforma se encontraron ofrendas y personas sacrificadas, principalmente niños, para solicitar la intervención del dios para que les diera las lluvias ante una larga sequía que duró entre los años de 1454 a 1458 dne.Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl, fue uno de los dioses que vio el nacimiento del Nanahuatzin convertido en Sol, por ello su templo está mirando al oriente.
Pie de dibujos:Reconstrucción hipotética del templo. Dibujo Salvador Guilliem y Luisa DomínguezEscultura en piedra de Ehécatl-QuetzalcóatlIsométrico central del Complejo Ceremonial dedicado a EhécatlLevantamiento: Salvador Guilliem ArroyoDibujo: Fernando Botas Vera
English:The worship to Ehécatl (god of wind), was very important because it was believed that this god could attract rain and favor in the fertility of the land. Due to that, this temple was constructed. If seen from up high you can admire its mixed shaped structure: a circular main body and a rectangular façade with an entrance stairway that is limited by trusses that end at the top in an architectonic element in the shape of a "dice". On top of this particular building was this god´s chapel along with its shrine that might have had a roof made of hay, wood and other perishable materials.Right in front of its platform offerings and human sacrifices were found mostly children, to ask for the god's intervention, seeking to have rain during a long period of drought that lasted somewhere between the years 1454 and 1458. Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl was one of the gods that saw the birth of the god Nanahuatzin who had just turned into the sun. That is why the temple is facing east.
English translation of captions:Hypothetical reconstruction of the temple. Drawing by Salvador Guilliem and Luisa DomínguezStone sculpture of Ehécatl-QuetzalcóatlCentral isometric of the Ceremonial Complex dedicated to EhécatlProduction: Salvador Guilliem ArroyoDrawing: Fernando Botas Vera
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HM NumberHM1QCE
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Date Added Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 9:05am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 485522 N 2150694
Decimal Degrees19.45061667, -99.13793333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 19° 27.037', W 99° 8.276'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds19° 27' 2.2200" N, 99° 8' 16.5600" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 282 Lázaro Cárdenas, Ciudad de México Distrito Federal 06300, MX
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