I am continuing my series of Aztec deities after visiting the exhibition of Aztec treasures from Mexico.
Tlaloc (Tlá-loch) was the Aztec rain god and one of the most ancient and widespread deities of all Mesoamerica. Tlaloc was thought to live on the top of the mountains, especially the ones always covered by clouds; and from there he sent the vivifying rains. The rain god was a pan-Mesoamerican god, whose origins can be traced back to Teotihuacan and the Olmec. The rain god was called Chaac by the ancient Maya and Cocijo by the Zapotec of Oaxaca.
Tlaloc ensured that the life-sustaining rains came to water the crops and gardens. Here he is painted in watery blue, his wide eyes stare from the resin burner once carried by priests who pleaded for rain. To ensure that generous rain did fall they offered human sacrifice, including children whose tears sustained and pleased the god.
In the glass reflection you can see his cute wife about whom I shall write for my next post.
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kasianowak (5468) 2014-08-11 6:06
Fascinating insight into the ancient history of Americas! Thanks for sharing this knowledge, your note is very informative (sad about the human sacrifice; but nothing we can do about it today!).
lestans (17096) 2014-08-12 11:13
An interesting mask, a very nice work of pottery. I like to see such old masks, and you captured it very well in the dark place.
Thank you for sharing!
jmdias (53503) 2014-08-15 2:39
here the face of this ancient and cruel god looks terrible. anyway the style of art is fantastic. they were very cruel and in fact part of their final decay facing spaniards occurred because this, when the other tribes stayed united to win them, and another kind of cruelty begun.. to live in this world isn't easy.
Waylim (25172) 2014-08-17 22:25
Excellent photo of the Aztec art, while this kind of image would have scare me as a little child, at least as a grown man, I can appreciate the creative process, though I would not have want it in my house. :)
Very good work, somthing we see in an art magazine or a museum publication.