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Centro Histórico in Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Valley of Mexico (The Central Highlands)
 

Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli

 
 
Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 24, 2022
1. Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli Marker
Inscription.  

Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli
Esta es una representación de un ocelotl o jaguar, en el lomo lleva un cuauhxicalli o recipiente para las ofrendas de sacrificio. El contorno del recipiente fue decorado por una franja con corrientes de agua sobre las que se encuentra una banda de piedras preciosas, rematadas por plumas de águila. Al fondo del mismo, en relieve, dos personajes que hablan (Tezcatlipoca y Huitzilopochtli) se perforan las orejas con espinas de maguey, en un ritual relacionado con las órdenes militares de los guerreros águila y guerreros tigre.

El ocelotl o jaguar es el representante de la obscuridad y de la tierra, simbólicamente era el compañero del águila Quauhtli-ocelotl o "águila jaguar" como eran nombrados los guerreros valientes para los mexicas.

Pie de dibujo:
Detalle del relieve al interior del Cuauhxicalli.

English:
Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli
This is a depiction of an ocelotl or jaguar, which carries a cuauhxicalli or container for sacrificial offerings on his back. The contour is decorated by a strip with watercourses, upon
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which is a band of precious stones topped by eagle's feathers. At the bottom, there are two characters in relief talking (Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli); they pierce their ears with maguey thorns in a military ritual related to the orders of the eagle warriors and the jaguar warriors.

The ocelotl or jaguar is the representative of darkness and the earth. He was symbolically the eagle's partner Quauhtli-ocelotl or "jaguar eagle" this designation was used by mexicas to name the brave warriors.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArts, Letters, MusicNative Americans.
 
Location. 19° 26.112′ N, 99° 7.836′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de México. It is in Centro Histórico. Marker can be reached from Seminario just north of Plaza de la Constitución, on the right when traveling north. The marker is on the grounds of the Templo Mayor Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de México 06000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics (within shouting distance of this marker); Templo Mayor Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tláloc Braziers (within shouting distance of this marker); Former College of San Ildefonso (within shouting distance of
Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 24, 2022
2. Ocelotl-Cuauhxicalli Marker
Unfortunately the piece referenced in the marker is not at this location. It is at the Mexica Room of the National Anthropology Museum also in Mexico City.
this marker); Offering 17 (within shouting distance of this marker); Commemorative Dates in the Great Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern Border of the Sacred Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Arch and Platform from Phase V (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de México.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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