The researchers have surmised that the placement of the stones is meant to portray a miniature model of the mythical universe. The placement itself creates the effect of making it seem like the stones are 'floating' on the water's surface rather than lying on the pond bed. . . .This image of the primeval world floating on the abyss of the waters is found across the Americans, deep in the lore of most Indians. We know that ancient Mexicans were very theatrical in their religion and built many of their temples as great stages for elaborate rituals, so this seems like just the sort of thing they would have done.
Archaeologist Iris del Rocio Hernandez Bautista, who is from the Subaquatic Archeology Subdirectorate (SAS) of the INAH, pointed out that according to Mesoamerican creation myths, the world was devoid of any land. Cipactli (the monster of the earth) floated on the primitive waters and from his body, the sky and the earth were created.
She believes there was a ritualised control of the water coming from nearby springs to irrigate the pond with the aim of causing a visual effect in which it seemed that the structure and the mounds of stone floated on the water mirror, which in turn reflected the surrounding passage.
Friday, January 5, 2018
The Temple that Floated on the Abyss
Archaeologists exploring the site discovered that the pond is artificial, created by damming the water coming from a spring.
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