Spiritual power revealed in earthquake

Central Station | 13 Jul 2018

A devastating earthquake that struck central Mexico gave way to a fascinating discovery: remnants of a rain god temple within an Aztec pyramid.

The temple, dedicated to a deity called Tlaloc and located within the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos state, belonged to the region's

Tlahuica culture.

As a result of the earthquake last September, archeologist Barbara Koniecza of the US National Institute of Anthropology and History now reveals, "the pyramid suffered considerable rearrangement of the core of its structure."

The greatest damage was at the top, where two temples had already been discovered -- one dedicated to the Mesoamerican god of the sun and war, Huitzilopochtli, and another to Tlaloc.

"The floor of both shrines sank and bent, which also put their stability in danger," Koniecza adds.

When the institute carried out studies with radar to examine the pyramid's structure, they found traces of the Tlaloc temple.

The structure is believed to date back to around 1150. Experts say it would have been around six meters long and four meters wide. Ceramic remains and an incense burner belonging to the Tlahuica culture were also found.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake on September 19 that revealed the temple also killed 369 people, mostly in Mexico City.

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