El Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes)

El Coatepantli (Wall of Snakes) (HM285E)

Location: , Hidalgo 42800
Country: Mexico
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N 20° 3.866', W 99° 20.432'

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El Coatepantli(Muro de serpientes)Este muro fue el prototipo de los que se construirían después alrededor de las plazas en las ciudades aztecas. Se sabe que en la cosmología mexica los muros marcaban los límites del espacio sagrado de los recintos ceremoniales; probablemente
entonces, tuvieron el mismo significado ritual para los toltecas.Las figuras esculpidas en las lápidas centrales del Coatepantli corresponden a esqueletos humanos devorados por enormes serpientes de cascabel y se relaciona con el sacrificio humano. Las grecas escalonadas esculpidas a los lados de las serpientes y esqueletos, tienen cierta influencia mixteca y recuerdan los mosaicos de Mitla, en el Valle de Oaxaca. Las almenas, en forma de caracol cortado, simbolizan a Quetzalcóatl en su manifestación del planeta Venus.
English:The Coatepantli(The Wall of Snakes)This "wall of snakes" was the prototype of those building which were built afterwards around the plazas aztec cities. It is known that in the mexica cosmology the walls determined the boundaries of the sacred space of the ceremonial enclosures; probably they had the same ritual significance for the toltecas.The sculptured figures in the center commemorative stones of the Coatepantli represent human skeletons



devoured by enormous rattlesnakes; these reliefs are related to human sacrifice. The stepped fret, sculptured on the sides of the serpents and
skeletons, have a certain Mixtec influence and remind one of the Mitla mosaics in the Valley of Oaxaca. The battlements, shaped like a cut conch, symbolize Quetzalcoatl in its manifestation of the planet Venus.
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HM NumberHM285E
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Placed BySecretaría de Cultura y INAH
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Date Added Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14Q E 464392 N 2218647
Decimal Degrees20.06443333, -99.34053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 20° 3.866', W 99° 20.432'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds20° 3' 51.96" N, 99° 20' 25.92" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Hidalgo 42800, MX
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