400 animal species were sacrificed in the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlán

400 animal species were sacrificed in the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlán


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At Main Temple of Tenochtitlán, Mexico, more than 400 animal species dedicated to the gods in about 60 offerings. Among the remains were fish, birds, reptiles and even mollusks, as confirmed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Crocodiles, snakes, turtles, toucans and jaguars they were found as sacrifices to the rain god, Tlaloc, and also to the war god, Huitzilopochtli, and they date from the fourth to the seventh stage since the construction of the Great Temple (1440-1520).

In several animals the evidence of an ancient taxidermy, a technique that consists of leaving part of the bones inside the animal to maintain the silhouette and avoid its deformation.

With respect to mammals A total of six wolves, two jaguars, 13 pumas and the bone from the back leg of a bobcat have been found. Mollusks are very abundant, around 300 species, and are present in almost all sacrifices. As for fish, 60 species have been identified, most of them from coral reefs.

The ritual, species and their symbolism were presented on June 8 in the gallery that receives the name "Flora and fauna" at Main temple.

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