Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico, The Central Mexican Plateau-Tula and the Toltec Art

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  1. Tula and the Toltec Art

At the beginning of this new phase in the history of ancient Mexico, the city of Teotihuacan had been abandoned for near two centuries. According to oral traditions, the city of Tula was founded by a semi-legendary character, Ce Acatl Topiltzin, son of a barbarian leader and a woman who came from a town with an old cultural tradition. In this transition between Teotihuacan and Tula the role of Xochicalco was significant, as some legends told that the young prince of Tula was educated by the priests of that city. In addition, this character was attributed with a series of extraordinary qualities, because he was not only represented as the incarnation of the god Quetzalcoatl, the “feathered serpent” born in Teotihuacan, but was described as the civilizing being par excellence, pioneer in the cultivation of corn, creator of the calendar, of the arts…

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