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Cacaxtla, Tlaxcala Mexico. Cacaxtla is the name of a Late Classic to Epiclassic (AD 600-900) city in the Puebla Valley, Tlaxcala, Mexico. At its height, Cacaxtla had a population of about 10,000 Olmeca-Xicalanca people. The site is known for beautiful Maya art-influenced murals, and architectural features such as a great platform mound, temples, a granary, and at least nine defensive moats.
Murals in Cacaxtla Mexico, Important murals at Cacaxtla illustrate agriculture (the Red Temple), symbolism (Temple of Venus), and magic and religion (Building A). Feathered serpents and mythical water creatures are depicted, as are humans, jaguars and birds. Cacaxtla conquered Cholulu in the 7th century AD and became the capital of the valley, blending Nahua, Mixtecs and Chochopolocans, until they in turn were overthrown by the Toltecs.
The wall painting at Cacaxtla done in fresco, brings us the history and myth of war. The particular style of these paintings fuses the pictorial traditions of the Maya world and Teotihuacan.There is a full-sized figure dressed in a jaguar skin, the dress of a warrior class. In his hands he holds a rod signifying command and appears on a serpent that has the same features as the jaguar. Remember, this big feline is associated with the earth, the forces of night, and the underworld.
Pot with jaguar and fishes Central Maya area Late Classic Maya 600-900 CE Earthenware, via Flickr.