Xochimilco’s Neon Lights

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We arrived at the watery edge of the Mexico City UNESCO site of Xochilmilco after a long journey on the city metro line terminus: El Tren Liger.   Non-motorized colorful boats and barges slowly carry passengers down canals and around artificially created islands or chinampas.  This World Heritage site is all that remains of Pre-Hispanic Mexico City.  Here, there are nine docks or “embarcadero’s” where boats can be hired for a fixed rate.  This port pictured below is known as the “less touristy” Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas.

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Chinampas of Embarcadero Nuevo Nativitas - Xochimilco

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The Sacred Tree

Mesoamerican Tree of Life in the Museo Nacional de Antropología - Mexico CityMany religions of the world use a “Tree of Life” symbol when depicting scriptures and teachings of their book of prayers.  Tree-shaped clay sculptures, or the Arbol de le vida, represent the connections between the living and the dead, man and earth, and the heavens and the underworld in Mexico. The colorfully painted clay sculptures contain religious and non-religious figures.  The candle and incense holders make them look more like a decorative candelabra than a religious icon. Their scenes usually include several icons representative of  Mexican culture and less often, depict an evangelical “burn at the stakes” kind of Biblical scene.

Calavera Tree of Life in the Museo Nacional de Antropología - Mexico City

Pieces inside the Museo Nacional de Anthropologia