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zia - explained. Except my understanding was that the cardinal directions are represented by their spots on the compass--ie the 4 sides & the other 4 lines stand for the "4 sacred obligations" which are: to have a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, & a devotion to the well being of one's people.
San Miguel Santa Fe, New Mexico.First built in 1610. Said to be the oldest church structure built in the continental USA. The original adobe walls and altar were built by the Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico, but much of the structure was rebuilt in 1710. Building has been within the U.S. since 1848, when the New Mexico territory was annexed