Sunday, September 25, 2005
I just read the post by Andrew about Kali. It reminded me of Huitzilopochtli, one of the many Aztec deities with which I am fairly familiar (as I was born in their territory!). One interesting thing when you are dealing with mythology is to recognize different aspects of our human culture which find expression through the ages according to the powers that be who interpret them to their advantage for the purpose of power and control. Although Huitzilopochtli is a terrifying figure, the rituals associated with him have a very strong resemblance to Christian ritual; Aztec women made a mixture of ground amaranth seed, honey or human blood then shaped this mixture into figures that were eaten ceremoniously so they could all partake of him. This was so much like Christian communion that during the colony it was forbidden to cultivate amaranth and this remained so for hundreds of years.
His birth also resembles that of Christ; her mother became pregnant when she was struck by a ball of feathers or Mixcoatl (Cloud Serpent) also related to the Milky Way, or fire of the sky, similar to the Holy Spirit!
This figurine, of the type called "Host Figurine" from A.D.650 contains another figure within itself, a nahual, a sort of soul or shadow companion. Here it is shown with its "skin" removed.
I thought the premise of the narrators and the confusion brings forth more information, is interesting if you can manage the complexity of the story.
I think this story lends itself to be told with shadow puppets and the addition of the narrators as maybe rod-puppets or automatons would greatly complement the setting.
Oh, I could go on an on, what a world we live on!