Eagles, Snakes and Nopal

My first collection of Mexican photos honour the Aztec founding myth of an eagle eating a snake while standing on a nopal (prickly pear). You can see it in the middle of the Mexican flag, or on the amazing mosaiced walls of the library at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico):

Aztec founding myth on UNAM library wall

Aztec founding myth on UNAM library wall

So here are some other eagles, snakes and nopal that we saw (and in the case of nopal, ate)

Eagle sculture at Templo Mayor, Mexico City

Eagle sculture at Templo Mayor, Mexico City

Snake (bottom left) and frogs at Templo Mayor

Snake (bottom left) and frogs at Templo Mayor

Serpentine building at UNAM (formerly the math department)

Serpentine building at UNAM (formerly the math department)

Snake at Teotihuacan (from long before the Aztecs)

Snake at Teotihuacan (from long before the Aztecs)

Actual nopal at Teotihuacan (where we ate both leaves and fruit)

Actual nopal at Teotihuacan (where we ate both leaves and fruit)

Coming soon: many more mosaics!

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One Response to Eagles, Snakes and Nopal

  1. Anna says:

    Great snake theme!

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