Monthly Archives: December 2014

Barry’s Blog # 120: A Truce for Christmas

A Truce for Christmas This past summer marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, or “The Great War.” Within two months, it had devolved into the stalemate we know as trench warfare. The opposing forces established … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 119: The Prince of Flowers

Walking through the Aztec hall of the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City, the visitor notices that so many of the sculptures depict the gods of war and evoke the terrifying vision of human sacrifice. Indeed, these deities are … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 118: Mexico’s Mother Goddess, Part Four of Four

PART FOUR: COATLICUE and GUADALUPE Sixty years after the conquest Fray Diego Durán complained: These wretched Indians…On one hand they believe in God, and on the other they worship idols. They practice their ancient superstitions and rites and mix one … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 117: Mexico’s Mother Goddess, Part Three of Four

Standing today in the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Coatlicue astonishes us first by her sheer size. The colossal statue is some three meters high and 1.5 meter broad. It weighs somewhere between two and ten tons (significantly, even the academics … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 116: Mexico’s Mother Goddess, Part Two of Four

PART TWO: History of a Statue A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within – Historian Will Durant The complex notion of sacrifice invites us into the terrible reality of Mexico that the … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 115: Mexico’s Mother Goddess, Part One of Four

Part One: Mythology and Ritual of the Goddess and Her Son Coatlicue (kwat-LEEK-ay) was the Great Mother Goddess of the Aztecs (or Mexica, as they called themselves). She gave birth to the moon, the stars and the sun. Coatlicue maintained … Continue reading

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