Teotihuacan: the Birthplace of the Gods

The Avenue of the Dead

Teotihuacan – ”the Birthplace of the Gods”, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, the Avenue of the Dead – all names given by the Aztecs after encountering the abandoned Teotihuacano city. The Teotihuacanos were a Mesoamerican civilization with claim to parts of central Mexico in the first half of the millennium, influencing both Mayan and Aztec cultures. 
A miniature of what Teotihuacan used to look like with all of its known structures. 
This was one of the many sites that I had to see as a Mexican-American traveler in my first-hand exploration of Mexico. Although I had been to Mexico before with family, I traveled to Teotihuacan on a trip with my partner, Francisco, and the whole trip was dedicated to experiencing Mexican culture and history, which isn’t difficult in such a vibrant country. 
Original Mural
Teotihuacan is a pre-Colombian Mexica city about half an hour outside of Mexico City dating back to about 200 BC, and is most significant because of the pyramids, milti-family and multi-floor compounds, and well preserved murals still visible on the walls. It was historically a site for obsidian used to form tools and art. Part of the site is still being restored.

At a nearby shop with stone carvings. The skull is made out of obsidian.
Restoration process in part of Teotihuacan.
In its Golden Age, about 450 AD, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the Americas with an estimated 150,000 inhabitants and served as a religious center, and believed to be the capital of the Teotihuacanos who had influenced the Aztecs, and you can see some similarities with the Mayas as well. 
The most interesting part of the city is that, similar to the Mayans, the civilizations collapsed and ”disappeared”. I often hear this word in reference to civilizations, and it’s quite deceiving. The largest city in the New World and its inhabitants don’t simply disappear, but there was a decline in numbers, droughts, famine, climate changes, food shortages, high infant mortality rates, and evidence sacking, and burning, possible internal unrest or invasion. Although the cause for ”disappearing”, or the collapse of a civilization rather, is debated, but the environmental changes causing drought and famine are the underlying and most pressing issues for such a large population to sustain itself.
The Pyramid of the Moon

They pyramids do not meet at a point, there is a platform at the top used for ceremonies in honor of the Goddess of Teotihuacan – goddess of water, fertility, earth, creation.

The smooth walls of the Pyramid of the Moon.

The Pyramid of the Sun

The largest pyramid of the two and one of the largest it Mesoamerica where they have found an underground chamber for royal burials. 

Teotihuacano Ruins

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  • I loved Teotihuacan, but it’s been a long, long time since I went. In fact, Mexico has been calling my name lately. Maybe I need to plan a trip there. Love the photos.

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