Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God

Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God

Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God

Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God

Synopsis

In an erudite tour of the archaeological treasures of Mexico, Neil Baldwin explores the unusual biography of a myth and a detailed cultural history. Color photos.

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TIME BEFORE TIME

OUT OF THE PRIMORDIAL REALM - PLUMED SERPENT AS GOD OF MAIZE - SKY ABOVE EARTH BELOW

Before "the science of men in time" -- otherwise known as the discipline of history -- was created, and long before art began to depict imaginative beliefs, there came simply the tracks of men across landscapes. From northwest to southeast, twenty thousand years and more before Columbus, migrant peoples descended on foot through the plains of what we now name the North American contment.

As they traversed the terrain, they encountered animals, plants, and hills, which became sacred neighbors and allies. Before religion, before the advent (or invention) of gods and the "supernatural," rhythms and recurrences, the regular heartbeats; within all manifestations of the cosmos and the natural world, formed the template for the spiritual feelings of early peoples in Mesoamerica: inevitabilities of . . .

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