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Shrine to God of Death found in Mexico

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A shrine dedicated the Mictlantecuhtli, the god of Death, has been unearthed at Tehuacan in Mexico.

The hypothesis that the recently discovered temple was dedicated to the Lord of Death is mainly due to one of the skulls having traces of red paint on its mouth, indicating that it could be a personification of Mictlantecuhtli . Plate 56 of the Codex Borgia depicts him with a red tongue.

However, on the top of the temple the archaeologists also found two ceramic heads which appear to be effigies of the Lord of Death. More than 300 pieces of human remains were recovered at the site indicating that sacrifices were being performed.

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Story: Past Horizons | Photo: INAH

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