Visual Story: Teotihuacan, city of the gods
If a Teotihuacano were to be sacrificed, he would always be proud to be of service, to repay the debt owed. But that time is no longer.
Hundreds of years before the term ‘revolution’ came to mean anything in the West, a resentful mass of Teotihuacanos, probably led by some insurgent faction, burned and likely murdered much of the ruling theocratic class. This is thought to be the hard-stop end of the era in which Teotihuacan dominated the mid-region of Mexico.
Above is Mictlantecuhtli, the most prominent Aztec god of the dead, who likely had an analogous predecessor in the earlier Teotihuacan pantheon. One can imagine how Mictlantecuhtli might have been in the front of the people’s minds at Teotihuacan in desperate, or even apocalyptic, times.