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

Tecpan: The Place of Duality

 
 
Tecpan: The Place of Duality Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
1. Tecpan: The Place of Duality Marker
Inscription.  
Tecpan: el Lugar de la Dualidad
Aquí se realizaban reuniones para el gobierno y la administración del Pahñu, a las que asistían los gobernantes de los pueblos subordinados acompañados por su consejero. Se han identificado dos pueblos: el Zethé y Zidada, pero se han calculado doce o más.

Cada pareja se sentaba en lugares previamente determinados de acuerdo con el rumbo al que estuvieran consagrados y se colocaban en alguna de las siete banquetas del Tecpan. El lugar central estaba reservado al gobernante del Pahñu y a su consejero.

En el gobierno estaba representada la dualidad que regía el pensamiento prehispánico, donde existen parejas opuestas y complementarias: el sol y la luna, el hombre y la mujer, la izquierda y la derecha, el arriba y el abajo, el frío y lo caliente.

Hace 1500 años este lugar simbolizaba al Omeyocan: el Lugar de la Dualidad. Las banquetas que observas corresponden con el tecpan que fue cubierto por otro edificio similar, sobre el que estás parado.

English:
Tecpan: The Place of Duality
Here is where they held meetings for the government and
Tecpan: The Place of Duality Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
2. Tecpan: The Place of Duality Marker
In this view to the east with the marker on the left, the stools of the tecpan mentioned in the marker text can be seen.
the administration of Pahñu. Those who attended included the rulers of the subordinate populations and their advisers. Two populations have been identified: Zethé and Zidada, but twelve or more have been calculated.

Each couple sat in previously determined spots according to how they were consecrated, on one of the seven stools of Tecpan. The center spot was reserved for the ruler of Pahñu and his adviser.

The duality that governed prehispanic thought was represented in the government, where opposite and complementary pairs existed: sun and moon, man and woman, left and right, up and down, cold and hot.

Around 1500 years ago, this place symbolized the Omeyocan (the Place of Duality). The stools that you see correspond to the Tecpan, which was covered by another similar building, on which you are standing.
 
Erected by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) y el Instituto Nacional de Anthropología e Historia (INAH).
 
Location. 20° 30.329′ N, 99° 41.069′ W. Marker is in La Mesilla, Hidalgo, in Municipality of Tecozautla. Marker can be reached from Entrada del Sitio Arqueológico de Pahñu, 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
Tecpan: The Place of Duality Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
3. Tecpan: The Place of Duality Marker
This additional view of the marker also shows different construction stages of the tecpan.
walking distance of this marker. Tecpan: “The Government House” (a few steps from this marker); The Calendar on the Landscape (a few steps from this marker); Pyramid on Pyramid: the South Steps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Plaza and the Xiuhtecuhtli Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sacred Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Circular Altar or Wheel of Sacrifice (Temalácatl) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Path of the Sun (within shouting distance of this marker); Messages in the Rocks: Petroglyphs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Mesilla.
 
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A view of the Pyramid of the Sun from the Tecpan of Pahñu image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 9, 2018
4. A view of the Pyramid of the Sun from the Tecpan of Pahñu
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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