Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Day of the Dead

I went to the Moctezuma exhibition in the British Library yesterday.

It includes a recently found, gorgeously carved golden eagle - dating from about the first year of Moctezuma's reign - that has a hollow in its back that was a receptacle for human hearts cut from sacrificial victims.

An artefact of a culture, the passing of which I find difficult to mourn.

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