Pre-Hispanic Cities Reproduced the Narration of the "Sacred Mountain" with Construction of Great Temples


MEXICO CITY.- The majestic pyramids of the Sun, in Teotihuacan, Estado de Mexico, of the Niches in El Tajin, Veracruz, and of the Inscriptions, in Palenque, Chiapas, are clear examples of the symbolic representation that Prehispanic peoples made of the “Sacred Mountain” myth, which refers to the beginning of time, when a creational couple joined forces to make a huge mountain emerge from the ocean. This was explained by Diana Magaloni, director of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) at the first of a conference series that complement the exhibition Six Ancient Cities of Mesoamerica. As an introduction to the myth that supported the Prehispanic world view, the restorer explained the beginning and planning of the 6 ancient cities of the exhibition – Monte Alban, Palenque, Teotihuacan, El Tajin, Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco -, which developed parting from a great temple in the shape of a mountain: the pyramid. “As synthetic and symbolic reflex of the orde