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No Ordinary Kids: Children of the Plumed Serpent
cbs ^ | April 19, 2012 1:00 PM

Posted on 04/20/2012 2:42:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Here in Los Angeles the influence of Mexican culture is part of our everyday experience. The new exhibit at LACMA gives us a chance to see the origins of a culture that is part of our own.

Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico is the first large scale exhibition that explores the ancient kingdoms of southern Mexico – known today as Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala. This exciting exhibition features more than 200 objects spanning from the 10th century to 1580.

The legends of Quetzalcoatl – the human incarnation of the Plumed Serpent – provides key insights into the complex, and quite sophisticated, societies of Ancient Mexico. The exhibition follows the deity’s journey through southern Mexico, the historical trajectory of his life and his role as the founder and benefactor of the Nahua, Mixtec and Zapotec. Not only did these kingdoms resist both Aztec and Spanish domination, they also developed a highly sophisticated visual language and remained the dominant cultural and economic force throughout Southern Mexico.

The exhibition is stunning and includes delicately painted deerskin codices depicting birth and marriage, exquisite gold necklaces and earrings, and turquoise mosaics from Mexico, Europe and the United States. One of the highlights for me was the Skull with Turquoise Mosaic – originally from Oaxaca or Puebla and part of LACMA’s permanent collection.

Children of the Plumed Serpent is chronologically divided into five themes – The World of Tula and Chichen Itza; The New Tollan: The Emergence of Cholula and the Birth of the International Style; Feasting, Divination, and Heroic History; Avenues of Trade and the Spread of the International Style; and The Aztec Conquest and the Spanish Incursion. Curated by Victoria Lyell, John Pohl and the late Virginia Fields, the exhibition is on view from April 1 to July 1, 2012.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; mexico; plumedserpent; quetzalcoatl
Hideous to the point of verging on demonic.

The Conquistadores did the world a favor by destroying as much of these things as they did.

1 posted on 04/20/2012 2:42:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Celebrate diversity...


2 posted on 04/20/2012 2:45:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SunkenCiv

Another GGG point of interest? They’re certainly fascinating to me as a painter and art historian.


3 posted on 04/20/2012 2:47:52 PM PDT by texanred
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To: BenLurkin

Thread needs pictures...


4 posted on 04/20/2012 2:49:26 PM PDT by texanred
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To: Joe 6-pack

5 posted on 04/20/2012 2:51:09 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: BenLurkin
Fifty years from now: Islam did the right thing when they brought their Sharia law and religion to America. Slaughtered all those infidels with their i pods, i phones , plasma TVs, satanic movies and by and large their whole culture. Now we live under the protection of Allah, praise be his name. No more Christians spreading their lies. Ah, but they did die valiantly. (sarcasm of course)
6 posted on 04/20/2012 2:54:35 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: BenLurkin

Did they eat dogs too?


7 posted on 04/20/2012 2:55:01 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Fried Fido???? Who knew?)
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To: texanred

Children of the Plumed Serpent = Children of the Corn.

Think: “Lord of the Flies”.


8 posted on 04/20/2012 2:57:03 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: null and void
Pffffft.

Puny snake.

;]

9 posted on 04/20/2012 2:57:36 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey, blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: BenLurkin
Did anyone see the Mel Gibson film Apocalypto (2006)? I did and it was about this time period, JUST before the landing of the Spaniards. Good movie.
One can find it in the foreign films section as it is all in the native dialect of those Indians.

Naturally, Hollyweird didn't like it because it showed the Indian culture as it was, blue paint and human sacrifice, all of it.

10 posted on 04/20/2012 3:00:08 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Salamander

Don’t diss San José’s God sculpture.


11 posted on 04/20/2012 3:04:00 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: bunkerhill7

***Did they eat dogs too?****

According to Bernal Diaz, Montezuma often ate part of the human sacrifices. Bernal Diaz was unsure if the Spanish were fed of these sacrifices or not.


12 posted on 04/20/2012 3:04:01 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: texanred; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks texanred.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


13 posted on 04/20/2012 3:20:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bunkerhill7

Yes, they ate dogs. They even had a breed of dog esp. bred for eating (Chihuahuas?).


14 posted on 04/20/2012 3:21:15 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: BenLurkin
Dang Euro-trash ruined all the fun...
apacalypto
15 posted on 04/20/2012 3:23:45 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: bunkerhill7

No, mostly people rolled down the stairs after their hearts had been ripped out. Kinda like a food stamp, read Prescott.


16 posted on 04/20/2012 3:29:15 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: fish hawk

Given what we’re doing to our children, we might deserve it...


17 posted on 04/20/2012 3:33:00 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: BenLurkin
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18 posted on 04/20/2012 3:39:11 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: PowderMonkey

After watching the movie, I really felt like sprinting in the woods.


19 posted on 04/20/2012 3:56:06 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: cloudmountain
Did anyone see the Mel Gibson film Apocalypto (2006)?

Braveheart with a loincloth!

20 posted on 04/20/2012 4:13:02 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: BenLurkin

From the headline, I thought the article was about more of Obama’s sons. Hmm, maybe it is.


21 posted on 04/20/2012 4:22:12 PM PDT by bgill
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To: BenLurkin
...a culture that is part of our own.

No...no, it isn't.

22 posted on 04/20/2012 4:37:03 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: cloudmountain
Actually, Apocalypto conflated pre-Columbian cultures in central America...and was not intended to be specific to any particular group. The Mayans, for example, which it appeared to most closely picture, had pretty well collapsed as a civilization well before the 1400s. None-the-less ALL of the pre-Christian natives of the Americas were pretty horrendously brutal, in certain areas of life. The MOST brutal were the most organized/civilized nations, of Central and South America, where human-sacrifice (as showed in Gibson's movie) was routine. One Spanish conquistador records in his memoirs how at a distance they thought a pyramid had a red carpet down its steps....but when they got up close they discovered it was just the (many gallons of) blood of the thousands of sacrificial victims that ran down the stairs making a permanent blood stain. When the utter barbarity of the native groups is known, European attitudes of bigotry at the time....are more understandable.
23 posted on 04/20/2012 4:39:00 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because REALITY is never digital...)
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To: BenLurkin
Hideous to the point of verging on demonic. The Conquistadores did the world a favor by destroying as much of these things as they did.

I was trying to think of a 'softer' way of saying the same thing ... but basically, 'yeah'... (maybe I'd drop "verging on")

24 posted on 04/20/2012 5:05:31 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: PowderMonkey
The big guy in the middle, with all the decorations, was the heavy. He was GREAT. His death, of course, was also great.
I thought it had all the earmarks of any good adventure: chases, violence, suspense, good guys, the needy, helpless heroine and the bad guy who you LOVED to hate.

The ENDING was fantastic, only because it was so expected. But, like everyone else, I went, "Oh yeah, that was then, wasn't it?" It could have happened.

What a SHOCK the Spaniards must have been to the locals. Who knew that men could be so hairy?

25 posted on 04/20/2012 5:53:22 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: BenLurkin

Pretty cool culture if you like ripping hearts out.


26 posted on 04/20/2012 11:28:41 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: BenLurkin

From my understanding there are groups from Mexico that, with great pride, consider themselves part of this really nasty religion today. They are militant and consider that they are duty bound to take back territories to their demon god/s. They want vast areas of The USA back and secretly plan how to do it.


27 posted on 04/20/2012 11:45:01 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Looks like a story board from “Stargate SG-1.”


28 posted on 04/21/2012 11:01:03 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: bunkerhill7; BenLurkin; SunkenCiv; All

Why do you think they bread Mexican Hairless dogs.


29 posted on 04/22/2012 8:09:28 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: bunkerhill7; BenLurkin; SunkenCiv; All

Why do you think they bred Mexican Hairless dogs.


30 posted on 04/22/2012 8:09:47 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: AnalogReigns; SunkenCiv; All

Then again if I had to choose between having my heart cut out versus being burned to death by the Inquisition, I think I might have chosed the Aztec way, much quicker death. Naturally, some other cultures barbaric measures are much worse than your own.


31 posted on 04/22/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Kinda the reverse-greener-grass syndrome. :’)


32 posted on 04/22/2012 8:46:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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