Momoztli: a neighborhood altar

Momoztli: a neighborhood altar (HM1QCM)

Location: Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal 06900
Country: Mexico

N 19° 27.108', W 99° 8.214'

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Momoztli: un altar de barrio

En principio se creyó que este edificio era un Tlechtemalacatl, o altar de sacrificio gladiatorio. Es decir, una estructura en la cual un guerrero enemigo o prisionero de otro pueblo era amarrado de una pierna y se enfrentaba a un guerrero local para celebrar un combate ritual. Sin embargo a sus características no apoyan dicha función. En la actualidad, los arqueólogos consideran que este edificio fue en realidad un momoztli o altar de barrio, un lugar donde la población podía acceder y dejar ofrendas a los dioses. En muchas ciudades contemporáneas, existen pequeños altares e imágenes de santos o vírgenes que tienen una función semejante: son altares de barrio. Pie de dibujos:Resina de copalBracero ceremonialGrupos de personas de los alrededores llegaban a este tipo de altares a dejar sus ofrendas, consistiendo algunas de ellas en copal: resina aromática utilizada en Mesoamérica. English:At first, it was believed that this building was a Tlechtemalacatl, or an altar for gladiator sacrifice - in other words, a structure on which an enemy warrior and a prisoner from another town were tied by one leg and would confront a local warrior to engage in ritual combat. However, its characteristics do not coincide with that purpose. Archeologists currently believe that this building was actually a momoztli or neighbor altar, a place the populace could access and leave offerings for the gods. In many Mexican contemporary cities, there are small altars and images of saints or virgins that share a similar function: they are neighbor altars. English translation of captions:Copal resinCeremonial incense burnerGroups of persons from nearby neighborhoods came to these altars in order to leave their offerings, usually consisting of copal: an aromatic resin used in Mesoamerica.
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HM NumberHM1QCM
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Date Added Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 485630 N 2150825
Decimal Degrees19.45180000, -99.13690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 19° 27.108', W 99° 8.214'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds19° 27' 6.48" N, 99° 8' 12.84" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106 Lázaro Cárdenas, Ciudad de México Distrito Federal 06900, MX
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