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Tula de Allende in Municipality of Tula de Allende, Hidalgo, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

El Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes)

 
 
El Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
1. El Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) Marker
Inscription.  
El Coatepantli
(Muro de serpientes)

Este muro fue el prototipo de los que se construirían después alrededor de las plazas en las ciudades aztecas. Se sabe que en la cosmología mexica los muros marcaban los límites del espacio sagrado de los recintos ceremoniales; probablemente entonces, tuvieron el mismo significado ritual para los toltecas.

Las figuras esculpidas en las lápidas centrales del Coatepantli corresponden a esqueletos humanos devorados por enormes serpientes de cascabel y se relaciona con el sacrificio humano.

Las grecas escalonadas esculpidas a los lados de las serpientes y esqueletos, tienen cierta influencia mixteca y recuerdan los mosaicos de Mitla, en el Valle de Oaxaca.

Las almenas, en forma de caracol cortado, simbolizan a Quetzalcóatl en su manifestación del planeta Venus.

English:
The Coatepantli
(The Wall of Snakes)

This "wall of snakes" was the prototype of those building which were built afterwards around the plazas aztec cities. It is known that in the mexica cosmology the walls determined the boundaries of the sacred space of the ceremonial
Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
2. Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) and Marker
The "Wall of the Snakes" can be seen to the right of the marker in this view towards the north.
enclosures; probably they had the same ritual significance for the toltecas.

The sculptured figures in the center commemorative stones of the Coatepantli represent human skeletons devoured by enormous rattlesnakes; these reliefs are related to human sacrifice.

The stepped fret, sculptured on the sides of the serpents and skeletons, have a certain Mixtec influence and remind one of the Mitla mosaics in the Valley of Oaxaca.

The battlements, shaped like a cut conch, symbolize Quetzalcoatl in its manifestation of the planet Venus.
 
Erected by CONACULTA y INAH.
 
Location. 20° 3.866′ N, 99° 20.432′ W. Marker is in Tula de Allende, Hidalgo, in Municipality of Tula de Allende. Marker can be reached from Tula-Pachuca Carretera just north of Entrada a Zona Arqueológica. Touch for map. The marker is near the Coatepantli at the Tula Archaeological Site, towards the south from Ball Court 1. Marker is in this post office area: Tula de Allende, Hidalgo 42800, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pyramid B (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of Pyramid B (within shouting distance of this marker); The Burnt Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); Ball Court 1
Detail of the Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
3. Detail of the Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes)
"The sculptured figures in the center commemorative stones of the Coatepantli represent human skeletons devoured by enormous rattlesnakes..."
(within shouting distance of this marker); Tula (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pyramid C and the Adoratory (about 120 meters away); The Wall of Skulls (about 120 meters away); Ball Court 2 (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tula de Allende.
 
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Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
4. Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes)
A nearby figure of a puma image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
5. A nearby figure of a puma
A nearby image of an eagle eating a human heart image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 2, 2018
6. A nearby image of an eagle eating a human heart
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   5, 6. submitted on June 8, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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