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coatlicue - the goddess of earth

coatlicue - the goddess of earth
Made by Cåsver
Illustrations based on the statue at conceptart. Coatlicue, also known as Teteoinan, The Mother of Gods, is the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is also known as Toci (Tocî, our grandmother) and Cihuacoatl (Cihuācōhuātl, the lady of the serpent), the patron of women who die in childbirth. The word Coatlicue is Nahuatl for the one with the skirt of serpents. She is referred to variously by the epithets Mother Goddess of the Earth who gives birth to all celestial things, Goddess of Fire and Fertility, Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth, and Mother of the Southern Stars. She is represented as a woman wearing a skirt of writhing snakes and a necklace made of human hearts, hands and skulls. Her feet and hands are adorned with claws (for digging graves) and her breasts are depicted as hanging flaccid from nursing. Coatlicue keeps on her chest the hands, hearts and skulls of her children so they can be purified in their mother's chest. Her face is formed by two facing serpents, referring to the duality of her nature. Most Aztec artistic representations of this goddess emphasize her deadly side, because Earth, as well as loving mother, is the insatiable monster that consumes everything that lives. She represents the devouring mother, in whom both the womb and the grave exist. According to Aztec legend, she was once magically impregnated by a ball of feathers that fell on her while she was sweeping a temple, and subsequently gave birth to the gods Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl. Her daughter Coyolxauhqui then rallied Coatlicue's four hundred other children together and goaded them into attacking and decapitating their mother. The instant she was killed, the god Huitzilopochtli suddenly emerged from her womb fully grown and armed for battle. He killed many of his brothers and sisters, including Coyolxauhqui, whose head he cut off and threw into the sky to become the moon. In one variation on this legend, Huitzilopochtli himself is the child conceived in the ball-of-feathers incident and is born just in time to save his mother from harm. Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City.

All of Mexico City Stitch - Panoramic View

All of Mexico City Stitch - Panoramic View
Made by Mario De Leo
Revised version January 1st, 2009. BEST SEEN BIG. SERIES: REDISCOVERING MEXICO CITY THIS photograph has been registered and is protected by international law. (What are you looking at? Move mouse over to discover Mexico City) This is all (or most - at least) of Mexico City in a panoramic view of various photographs stitched together (in part by hand and in part by computer programs). They were all taken the very same day, minutes apart. There is some bad stitching, I am sorry for that...but they were really difficult to put together, considering they were taken at different points. These were taken at the top of Mount Chapultepec (in the middle of Chapultepec Park) in Mexico City. From the railings around the Castle of Chapultepec. What you can find here (in no order): - Lomas de Chapultepec (a borough) - Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) - Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium) - Hotel Nikko, Presidente Intercontinental, W, Marriot, Fiesta Americana - Del Valle, Roma, Condesa, Polanco, Anzures, Narvarte, Escandon, Napoles boroughs - Torre Mayor - St. Regis Hotel and Residences - World Trade Center Mexico - Bureau of Economy - Torre Mexicana (a mexican airline offices) - Popocatepetl, Iztaccihuatl, Ajusco Volcano (volcanoes) - Parque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Park) - Avenida Reforma (Avenue) - Miguel Aleman Buildings - Buildings by Cesar Pelli (same as Petrona Towers - Malaysia)



Made by mel!nka
I've been a bad bad girl, I've been careless with a delicate man. And its a sad sad world, When a girl can break a boy Just because she can. Don't you tell me to deny it, I've done wrong and I want to suffer for my sins. I've come to you cause I need Guidance to be true And I just don't know where I can begin. What I need is a good defense 'cause I'm feelin like a criminal. And I need to be redeemed To the one I sinned against Because he was all I ever knew of love. Heaven help me for the way I am. Save me from these evil deeds. Before I get them done. I know tomorrow brings the consequence at hand. But I keep livin this day like The next will never come. Oh, help me, but don't tell me to deny it. I've got to cleanse myself. Of all these lies till I'm good enough for him. I've got a lot to lose and i'm bettin high So I'm beggin you before it ends Just tell me where to begin. Let me know the way Before there's hell to pay. Give me room to lay the law and let me go. Fiona Apple - Criminal

Xipe Totec

Xipe Totec
Made by Omar Eduardo
In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec (our lord the flayed one) was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. Without his skin, he was depicted as a golden god. Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing. Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins.

Mexico City - Diana Fountain near El Ángel de la Independencia

Mexico City - Diana Fountain near El Ángel de la Independencia
Made by Anirudh Koul
Taken near the El Ángel de la Independencia monument in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City The Diana fountain roundabout is situation near the world famous El Angel structure, aka The Angel of Independence, Its a structure featuring the Roman goddess Diana, who is considered as the goddess of 'hunt', hence the arrows. In fact, it was originally named 'The Arrow Thrower of the North Star'. Not to be confused with Cupid (due to the arrows) What I really like about the photo is that the top rays of light seem to go behind the structure. Can't be done much justice without seeing in bigger size. p.s. I had to wait for any buses to pass by (to cover the top rays), so sorry to folks who I kept waiting.

Inmoral

Inmoral
Made by Jessica Sweet TV
Inmoral Bueno, pues como les decia anduvimos paseando por ahi en Chapultepec. Todo un ejercicio, tanto fisico por la subida y la caminada, como mental, para ignorar la de chiflidos, pero en fin. Pero a mi eso no me afecto tanto, y pude disfrutar muy feliz mi salida a pasear. Aqui una foto que me gusto mucho como salio, aunque es algo inmoral. Kisses Jessica Inmoral Well we were walking around Chapultepec. A full day of exercise, both physical with the walking, as mental, to kind of ignore at a start the whistles. Didn't really bother that much, and I was able to enjoy my happy day outside. Here a photo I really liked, but a bit unmoral Kisses Jessica

Xochipilli

Xochipilli
Made by Omar Eduardo
Stone sculpture of the Mexica's God of Flowers, Love, Music, Dance and Games, at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City . Xochipilli was the god of love, games, beauty, dance, flowers, maize, and song in Aztec mythology. His name contains the Nahuatl words xochitl (flower) and pilli (either prince or child), and hence means flower prince. He is also referred to as Macuilxochitl, which means five flowers. His wife was Mayahuel and his twin sister was Xochiquetzal. As one of the gods responsible for fertility and agricultural produce, he was associated with Tlaloc, god of rains, and Cinteotl, god of maize.

Alud de Quinceañeras

Alud de Quinceañeras
Made by Eneas
Antes de llegar al zócalo, hubo una parada en el ángel de la Independencia para tomar la foto del recuerdo. Extracto del Comunicado de Prensa: Con el objetivo de que jóvenes de colonias populares que no tienen posibilidades de realizar su fiesta de quince años tengan su festejo, el Jefe de Gobierno del distrito federal encabeza esta celebración en el Zócalo. Son 328 jóvenes que dejarán e ser niñas para transformarse en mujeres la que serán festejadas en este 2009 como un reconocimiento de la sociedad a su persona. Horríblemente redactado :-( Se les fue el avión.

Angel de la Independencia (close up)

Angel de la Independencia (close up)
Made by Ricardo Carreon
The golden Winged Victory statue that tops Mexico City's most famous landmark: The Angel of Independence, that celebrates the Independence of the country almost 200 years ago. I just love the way the statue manages the light creating gorgeous shadows and shapes. You can also see its textures on Original Size. This is the Cover for the Book A Light in Polanco. You can buy the book from Amazon.com here Reforma Avenue, Mexico City, Mexico.

A Cosy Room

A Cosy Room
Made by stefano cipriani
Hotel Room in Mexico City I frankly admit that shooting a picture of the hotel rooms has become a priority during my vacation or business travels. In the beginning, it was simply intended like a kind of ‘souvenir’, then it turned into a real challenge: to detect something different within the limited space of the room and/or the generally impersonal furniture. With a little help from PS…



Made by mel!nka
sit down, stand up walk into the jaws of hell (sit down, stand up) anytime (sit down) anytime (stand up) sit down, stand up we can wipe you out anytime (sit down, stand up) we can wipe you out (sit down, stand up) anytime (sit down) anytime stand up (the rain drops the rain drops) the rain drops Radiohead - Sit down. Stand up.

Metrobus Women / Mujeres del Metrobus

Metrobus Women / Mujeres del Metrobus
Made by Ricardo Carreon
Women passing time and watching people go by from their public transport window. This was as their Metrobus rapid bus stopped briefly on the Poliforum station in the south of Mexico City. I overexposed on purpose to be able to see more of the inside of the bus. I have a few other shots that are correctly exposed so the exterior of the bus is crisp, but the inside of the bus is darker.

Manja!! Black mamba

Manja!! Black mamba
Made by kross_edd
Black mamba at Mexico Magico hepetarium Park. Had to wait for visitors to leave to watch for the first time a black mamba eating. The owner open the door for me so I was able to take this picture instead of watching it thru the glass. Only 40 or 50 cms between me and the mamba. One of the most amazing sensations ever in my life

The Art Of Riggin

The Art Of Riggin
Made by Luis Montemayor
Covert art for the book The Art of Riggin This was done at Cluster Studio where I work, The model was done by Juan Carlos Lepe and I did the lighting and shaders. All done in Maya and renderer with MentalRay You can buy the book here.

Two hundred years [Explore] July 13th, 2010

Two hundred years [Explore] July 13th, 2010
Made by Anu@r.
Con tanta contradicción, los mexicanos siempre han buscado un elemento unificador, este se encuentra en su nacionalismo. En todo caso, adoran a su país, a su bandera y su himno nacional. Los símbolos patrios mismos y su trato demuestran cuán importante es para los mexicanos encontrar un símbolo común.

Casa Barragan

Casa Barragan
Made by paula soler-moya
House and studio of Pritzker-prize winning architect Luis Barragán in Mexico City, built in 1948, and designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Pritzker prize citation: www.pritzkerprize.com/barragan.htm Explore 131

Panoramica

Panoramica
Made by Eneas
Una pequeña vista panorámica de la marcha rumbo a la Segunda Asamblea Informativa el 16 de Julio del 2006. Los reportes dicen que asistieron aproximadamente 1millon 100mil personas... Maravilloso. Cielo despejado, ambiente maravilloso Gracias a y a su camarita

Fashion Week Mexico

Fashion Week Mexico
Made by Rodolfochka
El dia de hoy empezaron las actividades del Fashion Week Mexico para la temporada Primavera - Verano 2007. Los diseñadores mexicanos presentaran en esta semana lo ultimo de la moda para la proxima temporada.

The flight of the dress

The flight of the dress
Made by Ricardo Carreon
Women dressed in typical Veracruz state dresses turn fast in a performance by Ballet Folcklorico Nacional de Amalia Hernandez. Auditorio del Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. Mexico City, Mexico.

Árboles, paredes, ventanas

Árboles, paredes, ventanas
Made by Aquí es; El Rincón de Las Iguanas!!!
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Nearest places of interest:

Lomas de Chapultepec
San Miguel Tecamachalco
Club de la Secretaría de Marina
Parque Lincoln
  Del Bosque
Palmitas
Reforma Social
Residencial Militar

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