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Teotihuacan The Mural of the Feathered Serpent and Flowering Trees Teotihuacan named by the Aztecs five hundred years ago because of their strong respects for the ancient and mysterious ruins near their capital Teotihuacan stands for City of the Gods and has a very unique religion This became the most powerful state in Mesoamerica for five hundred years The piece of art that I have decided to write on is the mural of the feathered serpent and the flowering trees The collection of this mural began following the death of Harold Wagner in 1976 Wagner was a rather eccentric San Francisco architect who bequeathed his collection of 70 mural fragments to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco This piece has many spiritual meanings and tells a lot about the time in which it was designed When the Aztecs first saw Teotihuacan they were struck by awe at what they found the monumental ruins of a civilization were long gone Two huge pyramids the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon towered over the valley A broad avenue fit for giants linked them and extended toward the horizon called The Street of the Dead The Aztecs struggled to conceive who could have built on such a colossal scale They decided it must have been the gods themselves According to the myth as told by the Aztecs the gods had built creation four times only to have it destroyed by fire flood and hurricane Four times the sun itself had been formed and then destroyed Thus it was in darkness that the gods assembled in Teotihuacan to decide which one of them would sacrifice himself in order to become the new sun A rich and haughty god stepped forward to accept the honor And when there were no volunteers a homely little god called Pimples was appointed to become the moon The gods built a great fire and traditional
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