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This is a story that the director brener with relish. But the Spaniards have their towns well covered. The Tepozton of Tepoztlan, a mountain village near the capital, is, as his name signifies, lord of the mountain on which his temple stands.

It is as if you blurred the paint- ings of your deeds, and broke or threw filth on the pool or mirror of your soul. It is an artist’s mood, his sense of limitation, his struggle with limitation, and his great assertion, the purpose of making — by his own strength — life.

Somehow all the feverish and powerful activity that this re- flects, was ended. He sent for Atonatiuh and said: The Zapotec on the east coast, and the Maya, and many another Indian, considers new-born children to have an animal counterpart. It was physically the most important object to be seen, and projected itself through the life of the people.

Perhaps she cannot get enough distance to make the proper connections, or she tries too hard to find likeness in gestures that are really not the same at all. Others shouted that now they would have saddles of solid gold. John rated it really liked it Feb 28, Oki marked it as to-read Jan 03, Christine marked it as to-read Apr 14, One’s respected relatives, who “have moved their sleeping mats” come to call.


If the thing to be made itself calls to him to make it, then he will do it better than anybody else, and it does not mean that this thing must be a vase or a figurine.

Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots – Anita Brenner – Google Books

This holiday comes on the first and second of November. Then the people will no longer carry burdens on their backs. Here was a city with long-prowed canoes rippling along the thoroughfares, the fabled city which he had heard was made of gold anits set with precious stones.

Punishment was scarcely tempered with mercy. Or, perhaps, because it was the work of the same men who made it beautiful be- fore. They went to extremes, disciplined behine to go beyond extremes, to control the extremes themselves.

The Aztec empire falls by prophecy; the Maya ends in a cabalistic maze. That is why Mexico cannot be measured by standards other than its own, which are like those of a pic- ture; and why only as artists can Mexicans be intelligible. Pamela Drapala rated it it was amazing Jan 31, And the one great channel that carried inter-American thought and custom and style, served as the one real bridge with the Old World: The human beings in these scenes are visibly ancestors of the modern Mayas.


There are inclined lines where straight would be supposed, by eyes accustomed to Greek derivates. The surface is fine stucco.

It is no mood of futility that broods in this way over death, but rather a concern with death because of the passion for life.

Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots

Some passing Aztec traveller or soldier scratched in one corner of this mural, a squat, angular idold of the tall suave Maya warriors, a typically Mexican critique.

Meanwhile detachments of Span- iards roamed over the land and laid it waste. Suppose you started something you liked very much doing, and had to go away and leave it; and were always longing to come back, always wanting very badly to finish it. Others have believed that you were monsters cast from the bosom of the sea; that the thirst for gold had made you desert your own country; that you were slaves of pleasure, and that so great was your greed, each of you ate as much as ten of my subjects.

Each work of art was deeply interesting to all; it was the most interesting thing there was. The Spaniards fell upon them, and killed them all.