He was born April 28, 1402 CE. He died June 4, 1472. He held office as the Tlatoani of Texcoco. It is said that he was a philosopher, warrior, architect, poet - and ruler. In his teens, he had an experience of the Unknown, and Unknowable Lord of Everywhere, and to Him he built a Temple - empty. His image, known as the "Mural Zoque", looks out over the large reservoir flooded when the Presa Malpaso was built in the 1960s. The territory, as much of the sierra in Chiapas, was a Zoque province. With flooding, one of only 2 double ball courts in Mesoamerica was inundated, along with the now submerged (much of the year) Templo de Quechula - a 16th Century Dominican church.
Geo coordinates for the site are 22.214.171.124 N, 93.36.00.87 W, and elevation 188 metres. I estimate that the cliff is just under 20 metres in height.
November 27, 2013, I organized a day trip, originating in Tuxtla Gutierrez and ending there, of the so-called Ruta Zoque. From Tecpatan, my driver navigated the road (found in very poor condition) west to Raudales. On the fourth attempt of asking directions, he drove up to a barrier high on a hill that blocks access to the dam.
I want to thank the duty officer of the Mexican Army for giving me (and the driver) an armed escort, along with permission to take a photograph of the mural. I managed three photos within the limited period allotted. The weather at the time was dull and cloudy. This was the highlight of my travels in Chiapas.
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daddo (21474) 2013-12-19 4:14
Hi Ken. It is a rare privilege to see this incredible mural. It makes one think how much the Indios had and lost and how much they are still a downtrodden people in the hands of the Catholic gringos. Amazing journey of your own, security and all. How is the revolution going in this area these days? regards. Klaudio.