Aztecs in Melbourne

6 Aug

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I’m no history buff but as an enthusiast of ancient civilizations, a few of my life-long dreams were to go to Egypt and see the pyramids, or go to Macchu Picchu in South America. So I was quite happy to have gone to the Aztecs exhibition in the Melbourne Museum a few weeks back. Let me quickly share with you my favourite photos from our visit.

The exhibition focused mainly on the ancient Mexican city-state Tenochtitlán, made obvious by the big model in the centre of a temple in the state.

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For a growing empire at that time, warriors held quite an important role –

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Religion played a huge part in their society, and it was interesting to learn about the different Aztec gods.

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I couldn’t help but be astounded by their portrayal of their god of death above, Mictlantecuhtli. Wondering what that thing hanging out, or rather, down, from his chest is? It’s his liver…

If you are faint of heart, you might find it incredibly gory looking around the exhibits, as most of the features talk about human sacrifice. Below is an actual human skeleton, which portrays the mask of death –

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One of the displays I liked the most are the miniature models of Aztec community life, shown in the photos below. These are very much similar to the tribal communities back home, I imagine.

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For double the usual amount you’ll need to pay to get into Melbourne Museum, I must say it is well-worth it. If my sharing above didn’t interest you enough, maybe the following can help –

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I’m quite happy with the photos here that I took with my Samsung Note 3. I came unprepared with my DSLR cam. It’s a good thing, thought, that this phone’s camera was useful to me this time, as I have been missing using my iPhone’s trusty camera… Apart from cropping some of the photos, I didn’t use filters or nor felt the need to edit them.

It’s the last week for the Aztec exhibition in Melbourne. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s worth spending some time in this part of the Melbourne Museum.

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