Tlalocan: the secret tunnels underneath Teotihuacán (VIDEO)

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The city of Teotihuacán, which originally refers to the place where the gods were made, is undoubtedly a place full of great wonders and enigmas that attract countless curious people who want to solve the enigmas that surround this mythical place in Mexico.

The archaeological evidence discovered in the Teotihuacan Valley reveals that during the Classic period one of the most complex urban societies in all of Mesoamerica developed, as well as that this society was highly stratified, widely specialized, and made up of diverse ethnic groups. The archaeological remains of the ancient city are visited each year by millions of people, making the site one of the largest tourist attractions in the country.


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Secrets of the pyramids

There is a tunnel located under the Temple of Quetzalcóatl or of the Feathered Serpent at one end of Teotihuacán, at a depth of about 18 meters, specified the head of the “Tlalocan, Way under the Earth” project.

Teotihuacán is a pre-Hispanic city (150 BC – 650 AD) located about 30 miles northeast of the Mexican capital that became one of the largest in the ancient world with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

The tunnel was discovered in 2003, but it took nine years for the experts to reach the end, after manually extracting some 950 tons of earth and stones that the Teotihuacanos used to seal the path that the underworld represented for this culture.

At the end of the tunnel, there are three chambers in which numerous ceremonial offerings have been found. In total, more than 50 thousand pieces of all kinds, including jade stones, shells and sea snails, ceramics, sculptures, and different figurines, seeds of various plants, rubber balls, bone remains of birds and felines, as well as wooden objects most of them preserved in perfect state.

In the tunnel, the offerings imported from the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean were placed, such as “jade beads from Guatemala, rubber balls from the tropics, ceramics from different parts of present-day Mexican territory.

According to the mythology of the Teotihuacanos, the most important rites were performed underground, because the Feathered Serpent recovered its human bones there, men were born and time began.

Likewise, specialists believe that in the tunnels of the underworld the rituals of transmission of powers between the rulers were developed, which is why it is believed that the remains of the high hierarchs were deposited in this place.

Pyramid of the Moon

In primordial time the waters of the world reigned and darkness ruled. At a certain moment, a reptilian monster emerged to the surface of the waters, many times in the shape of a crocodile, others, a sawfish, a turtle, even a water lily to form the terrestrial crust in these primordial waters.

This crocodilian being known as Cipactli, was divided by the gods into two halves of 9, that is, in 18 parts. Nine for the upper half with which they would create the heavens and 9 to create the underworld, said the collegiate, who exhibited images of codices in which this divided being appears, a hybrid between tree and animal with two branches.