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La Mesilla in Municipality of Tecozautla, Hidalgo, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Pah˝u: The Luminous Path

 
 
Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
1. Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker
Inscription.  
Pah˝u: El Camino Luminoso
El Pah˝u fue uno de los centros rectores de una cultura prehispßnica que ha sido llamada Cultura Xajay, de la que formaban parte otros pueblos de los alrededores: El Cerrito, Taxangu, Zidada y Zethe.

Tuvo tres momentos clave: la fundaciˇn hace unos 1500 a˝os, la renovaciˇn de sus edificios hacia el a˝o 650 y el abandono hace aproximadamente siete siglos. En cada momento se efectuaron rituales importantes y sacrificios humanos para la consagraciˇn de los lugares y edificios.

Las fundaciones Xajay divinizaron varias mesetas del paisaje regional construyendo pirßmides dedicadas a distintos dioses. El Pah˝u plasma elementos del calendario ritual y ceremonial por medio del ordenamiento de los edificios sobre la mesa, su orientaciˇn, su relaciˇn con el paisaje circundante y las ofrendas que fueron colocadas en su interior.

Su nombre en otomÝ (h˝ah˝u) literalmente significa Camino Caliente (Pa, caliente; h˝u, camino). Sin embargo, en una forma cabalÝstica o lenguaje secreto de dicha lengua, el Boxaxni, Pa, puede significar sabidurÝa, luz: Pa'˝u. TambiÚn puede significar
Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
2. Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker
The marker is on the left, the first marker after the visitors center at the Pah˝u Archaeological Site.
El Lugar de los OtomÝes (Pa, lugar; h˝u, contracciˇn de h˝ahňu, otomÝ).

íBienvenido al camino luminoso!

English:
Pah˝u: The Luminous Path
Pah˝u was one of the governing centers of a pre-hispanic culture called the Xajay Culture, which was part of other population centers in the area, including El Cerrito, Taxangu, Zidada and Zethe.

It had three key moments: its founding roughly 1500 years ago, the renovation of the buildings around the year 650 and when it was abandoned, roughly seven centuries ago. During each of these moments, important rituals and human sacrifices were performed to consecrate the spots and buildings.

The Xajay founders deified several plateaus in the regional landscape by building pyramids dedicated to different gods. In Pah˝u, different elements of the ritual and ceremonial calendar are captured in the arrangement of the buildings on the plateau, their orientation, the relationship to the surrounding landscape and the offerings placed inside.

The name in Otomi (H˝ah˝u) literally means Hot Path (Pa-hot and h˝u-path). Nevertheless, in the Otomi kabalistic or secret language, Boxaxni, Pa could mean wisdom, light: Pa'˝u. It may also mean the Place of the Otomies (Pa-place and h˝u-a contraction of H˝ah˝u, Otomi).

Welcome to the luminous path!
 
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Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
3. Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker
This view of the marker on the right is towards the south, with the visitors center parking lot in the distance.
Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) y el Instituto Nacional de AnthropologÝa e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 20° 30.204′ N, 99° 41.041′ W. Marker is in La Mesilla, Hidalgo, in Municipality of Tecozautla. Marker can be reached from Entrada del Sitio Arqueolˇgico de Pah˝u, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Mesilla, Hidalgo 42460, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred plants and animals (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Message in the Soil: Geoglyph (about 150 meters away); A Sacred Triangle and the Temple of the Sun (about 180 meters away); Messages in the Rocks: Petroglyphs (about 180 meters away); Circular Altar or Wheel of Sacrifice (Temalßcatl) (about 210 meters away); The Calendar on the Landscape (about 210 meters away); The Plaza and the Xiuhtecuhtli Temple (about 240 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Mesilla.
 
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The site map from the Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton
4. The site map from the Pah˝u: The Luminous Path Marker
The entry sign at the Pah˝u Archaeological Site image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
5. The entry sign at the Pah˝u Archaeological Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of QuerÚtaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of QuerÚtaro, Mexico.
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