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

The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths

 
 
The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
1. The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths Marker
Inscription.
El quincunce y los caminos rituales
Los antiguos pueblos mesoamericanos consideraban al cosmos y al paisaje local, como un cuadralo con un centro, que es conocido como quincunce. Las esquinas se correspondían con las salidas/ocasos del sol el 21 de diciembre y el 21 de junio y en el centro estaba el Corazón del Mundo (Kungri rä Ximhai, en hñahñu), lugar donde se encontraba el Pahñu.

Cada rumbo se correspondía con un número y un color: verde y 1 para el sur; azul y 2 para el norte; blanco y 3 para el oriente; rojo y 4 para el poniente y el número 5 era el centro.

Los caminos rituales unían cada uno de los rumbos: de sur a norte, el camino del hombre; de esta a oeste, el camino del sol; de noroeste a sureste, el camino de la luna y de noreste a suroeste, el camino del planeta Venus.

El camino del hombre transitaba de lugar del 1, el sur, hacia el lugar del 2, el norte. Iniciaba desde este punto y llegaba al templo de Xiuhtecutli-Otontecuhtli, la gran pirámide que se ve al fondo.

Estás a punto de recorrer y recrear un camino sagrado. ¡Adelante!

Pie de dibujos:
En el México prehispánico, no era el norte, sino el oriente, el punto de referencia.

El quincunce tiene forma de cruz con un centro, y existen muchas representaciones de este símbolo en el
The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
2. The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths Marker
This view of the marker to the right of the path is toward the north.
México prehispánico y hasta la actualidad

English:
The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths
The ancient Mesoamerican peoples considered the cosmos and the local landscape to be a square with a center, known as a quincunx. The corners correspond to sunset on December 21 and June 21st and in the center was the Heart of the World (Kungri rä Ximhai in Hñahñu), place where has been Pahñu.

Each direction corresponded to a number and a color: green and 1 for the south, blue and 2 for the north, white and 3 for the east and red and 4 for the west; the number 5 was the center.

The ritual paths joined each of the directions: from the south to the north, the path of the man; from the east to the west, the path of the sun; from northwest to southeast, the path of the moon and; from northeast to southwest the path of the planet Venus.

The path of the man ran from the spot corresponding to 1 (the south) to 2 (the north). It began at this point and went to the Xiuhtecutli-Otontecuhtli temple, the large pyramid seen in the back.

You are about to walk along and recreate a sacred path. Go ahead!

Captions (English translation):
In prehispanic Mexico, it was not the north, but rather the east, the main reference point.

The quincunx has the form of a cross with a center. Many representations of this symbol
The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
3. The Quincunx and the Ritual Paths Marker
This view of the marker is towards the east.
can be found in prehispanic Mexico and even in the current day.
 
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) y el Instituto Nacional de Anthropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 20° 30.236′ N, 99° 41.042′ W. Marker is in La Mesilla, Hidalgo, in Municipality of Tecozautla. Marker can be reached from Entrada del Sitio Arqueológico de Pahñu, on the left 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. Sacred plants and animals (within shouting distance of this marker); Pahñu: The Luminous Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Message in the Soil: Geoglyph (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Messages in the Rocks: Petroglyphs (about 120 meters away); A Sacred Triangle and the Temple of the Sun (about 120 meters away); Circular Altar or Wheel of Sacrifice (Temalácatl) (about 150 meters away); The Calendar on the Landscape (about 150 meters away); The Plaza and the Xiuhtecuhtli Temple (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Mesilla.
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
The first page of the Féjervary-Mayer Codex, shown on the top right of the marker's graphic image. Click for full size.
By Lacambalam, 2014
4. The first page of the Féjervary-Mayer Codex, shown on the top right of the marker's graphic
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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