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Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)
 

Quetzalcoat's Stone

Piedra Tacitas

 
 
Quetzalcoat's Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 30, 2015
1. Quetzalcoat's Stone Marker
Inscription.
Los monolitos de las piedras tacitas son parte de nuestra cultura ancestral. Fueron encontrados en lo que fue la ribera sur de la antigua laguna en 1971. Según el arqueólogo Tomas Fideas Jimenez, en la tradición religiosa pipil, estos monolitos representaban un recuerdo de las lagrimas que derramo Quetzalcoat, cuando fue expulsado por los Aztecas. Similares hallazgos se reportaron en 1957 en San Diego La Libertad, El Salvador, Guatemala y Chile.

English translation:
The “stones of the little cups” monoliths are part of our ancestral culture. They were found near here in what was the southern edge of the ancient crater lake in 1971. According to archaeologist Tomas Fideas Jimenez, in the Pipil religious tradition, these monoliths represented the myth of the tears that Quetzalcoat shed when he was thrown out by the Aztecs. Similar stones were reported in 1957 in San Diego La Libertad, El Salvador, Guatemala and Chile.
 
Location. 13° 40.183′ N, 89° 14.769′ W. Marker is in Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad. Touch for map. The marker and stone are within the La Laguna Botanical Garden near San Salvador, El Salvador.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fritz Hamer (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Francisco Bogen
Quetzalcoat's Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 30, 2015
2. Quetzalcoat's Stone Marker
The marker is underneath the stone's protective roof.
(about 180 meters away); General José María Cañas Highway (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); In Memory of Those Americans Who Lost Their Lives in El Salvador (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Plaza Brasilia (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in San Salvador); Ceiba de Guadalupe Church (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Construction of the North-South Highway and the Central American University (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in San Salvador); Francisco Andrés Escobar Building (approx. 1.4 kilometers away in San Salvador). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Antiguo Cuscatlán.
 
Categories. Anthropology
 
Quetzalcoat's Stone image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, August 30, 2015
3. Quetzalcoat's Stone
Quetzalcoat's tears supposedly caused the hollow-out depressions in the stone. Recent research seems to point to their being used to hold water as part of Pipil religious ceremonies.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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