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About This Image:

Visiting the Teotihuacan Ruins was an amazing experience. Like I suspect most who have been, I will never forget climbing both the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. The climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun was by far the more taxing, but it was the nearly aerial view from the Pyramid of the Moon seen in this print that was, to me, the most amazing sight.

It was the view of Teotihuacan from the Pyramid of the Moon where I had the clearest concept of the scale of the sacred landscape at this ancient Mesoamerican site. According to our guide at the Teotihuacan ruins, it’s believed that the pyramids were built to mirror the surrounding landscape. The thought being that the landscape that surrounding these ancient people was sacred to them and they recreated it on a comparatively smaller scale to create a ceremonial center for their religion. And sure enough as you gaze down the Avenue of the Dead, doesn’t the mountain in the distance reflect the general shape of the Pyramid of the Sun?

Ultimately, we mainly have theories about the people who built this ancient temple complex around two millennia ago. The ruins of their world feel abstract by today’s standards but these pyramid temples that started with the even earlier Olmecs would be repeated again and again in subsequent Mesoamerican cultures. And long after the decline and collapse of Teotihuacan those later cultures would say that the sun and the moon were born here in this magical place.

This view of the Avenue of the Dead at Teotihuacan felt so classic to me that I took this print of those ancient ruins in a very vintage style. It feels to me like an old postcard view or travel poster that would have invited travelers in the early 20th century to see these amazing Mexican ruins!

Have you seen them? Or do you love the indigenous cultures of the Americas from afar? Whatever brings you here, I hope you might share what you find most striking about this Teotihuacan art print?

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