CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2006 |
In the churning debate over immigration, there are perhaps no words as loaded or controversial as Aztlan, the name of the mythical Aztec homeland. For many it carries potent political overtones, for others it is a romantic ideal, and to those most opposed to illegal immigration it represents a strategic effort to reclaim land that was once part of Mexico. "Aztlan is a state of mind for some people. It's a point in history. For some it's a political place.
August 26, 2006 |
Skeletons found at an archeological site show that Aztecs captured, sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520. The condition of skulls and bones from the Tecuaque site east of Mexico City offers evidence that about 550 victims had their hearts ripped out by Aztec priests in ritual offerings, and were dismembered or had their bones boiled or scraped clean, experts say.
June 15, 1988 |
The moon goddess believed, and rightly so, that a soon-to-be-born baby brother would prove a difficult rival for the attention of the humans who populated the dry, high valley. So she made plans to kill the newborn deity as it emerged from his mother's womb. To her surprise, however, Little Brother emerged not crawling on all fours but upright, fully grown and swinging a sword. A bloody battle ensued, and the moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui, was slain, her head and limbs sliced from a sagging torso.
November 17, 2000 |
Rejecting complaints that Monty Montezuma is racist, San Diego State President Stephen Weber announced Thursday that the campus mascot will remain but will become a more historically accurate portrayal of the Aztec emperor and not a "bare-chested, spear-throwing" yell leader. "I believe people who say that this [mascot] is meant as a tribute" to Aztec culture, Weber told a news conference. "If so, we have a responsibility to be historically accurate. . . .
August 4, 2007 |
Archeologists have discovered what they think are the ruins of an Aztec pyramid razed by Spanish conquerors in what is now one of Mexico City's most crime-ridden districts. Construction workers unearthed ancient walls in the busy Iztapalapa neighborhood in June, and government archeologists said Wednesday they believe they may be part of the main pyramid of the Aztec city, destroyed by conquistador Hernan Cortes in the 16th century.
May 26, 2007 |
Archeologists said Friday that they had found lightning-bolt-shaped wooden scepters in a Mexican lake that match the description by Spanish priests and conquerors writing 500 years ago about offerings to the Aztec rain god. The scepters -- along with cones of copal incense and obsidian knives -- were found during scuba-diving expeditions in one of the twin lakes of the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, west of Mexico City.