This unusual 1704 map, drawn by Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri, is the first published representation of the legendary Aztec migration from Aztlan, a mysterious paradise somewhere to the northwest of Mexico, to Chapultepec Hill, currently Mexico City. This map, supposedly a rendering copied from indigenous sources traces the pilgrimage conceptually and, though hard to follow as a map, embraces both cartographic and spiritual elements. The various stations on the map are labeled in both Nah...
Teste Olmeche a Mexico City
A detail from St. Manchan's Shrine, Boher, Ballycumber, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Made at Clonmacnois about 1130 A.D. The happy guy third from the left, holding an axe, is thought to be St. Olaf of Norway. This shrine is ranked among the Treasures of Ireland and is possibly the only such religious shrine to remain with the people who love it in its home parish. The ornamental work is a mix of Viking and Irish styles. text and photo by Alan Lonergan on flickr