for Artisan Degree
In the Ante-Room the initiates are being addressed
during the first section of the ritual:
GREETER GUARD :
Welcome my friends and Brethren! Doubly welcome because you about to be
initiated into the Order of Quetzalcoatl, a discreet association of men of good
will, whose characters have been carefully screened by Masonic Bodies and who
have attained the title of Noble of the Mystic Shrine. They are now willing to
join with us in paying homage and doing justice to those ancient tribes on this
continent of ours. Up to now, our Masonic Rituals and Legends have received
inspiration from countries of the Eastern Hemisphere while today, for the first
time in your modern Masonic era, you will participate in a Ceremony which has
been founded on an ancient legend of the Western Hemisphere; that of the great
prophet and Mayan/Aztec leader, Quetzalcoatl.
dazzling beauty there is in the legend of Quetzalcoatl! The name is a
combination of two Nahuatl Indian words. QUETZAL - the name of a beautiful
plumed and rare bird that inhabits the highlands of Central America and COATL -
meaning serpent or snake. The Great Bird-Serpent is the most powerful figure in
Mexican mythology. From Teotihuacan on the high plateau of Central Mexico to
Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Quetzalcoatl is a dominant motif on all the ancient
monuments. What the statue of Liberty is to the U.S., what the Eiffel Tower is
to France; so is Quetzalcoatl to modern Mexico.
is believed that Quetzalcoatl was a great Indian king, living about the time of
Christ. It was he who is credited with having discovered corn and introducing it
as a good staple food source to the Indian nations.
in ancient Mexico, the name Quetzalcoatl was given to any priest who was
supposed to have attained enlightenment. And now you have been chosen to receive
this great name as a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl.
guide will be NETZAHUALCOYOTL the famous King of Texcoco, a poet, philosopher,
and leader of men. From your entrance into the abode of the Great Gods until
your departure to the dwelling places of men, he will be your faithful guide and
him with our wish for a fruitful journey to you. BE GONE!!
Have water pitcher ready for Huemac, have dirt in place, incense burning, save
dedicated seats (2) next to Titlacahuan for "Q" & guide, have a
chair ready by Huemac. Dim lights, play jungle music, have audience quietened.
The cast stand behind their stations!
Walking slowly in stops and says:
Is that you Coate...? And you Coate...? I thought I was alone here in my home!
Welcome to my Teocali. I want to tell you something wonderous? Last night my
friends, I had a wonderous dream...I dreamt of our Gods gathering in great Ceremony, initiating
Quetzalcoatl as one of them.
was magnificent. Do you have a minute? I'd like to sit and join you and tell
you about this wonderous dream.
Lights go down and back up as cast walks on. Chimalma,
Titlacahuan, and Huemac enter (escorted by guards) circle once and then each
drops off. Guards go to the altar. They depart before Titla. begins.
The Hall of the Teocali, which has been previously
described, shall be dimly lighted.
shall turn on the light over his
Throne (represented by the silver disk of the moon), he shall strike the "Teponaxtle"
and he shall say:
Let us prepare the Heavens OH CHIMALMA (!) for the arrival of our Lord and
Master, my father, who is the ruler of all things here and below.
CHIMALMA - (Seated in the South, strikes Teponaxtle,
turns on her emerald-green light) Says:
Oh HUEMAC (!), thou who art High Priest and advisor of all the peoples that
inhabit the Earth. Prepare thyself for the arrival of the Lord and master of the
HUEMAC - (Seated in the North, strikes Teponaxtle,
turns on his red light) Says: Oh CHIMALMA, thou who gavest birth to Titla..., he who rules the night
and dares to dispute the authority of Camaxtli, his father; awaken all living
creatures who inhabit thy ample bosom so that they may welcome the arrival of
the Great Camaxtli, he whose beneficent rays will provide them with light and
warmth during his course through the heavens.
Camaxtli walks on, escorted by guards who take him to
his station, bow, and then depart upon Camaxltis hitting Teponaxtle. Tlaloc bow
CAMAXTLI - (Seated in the East, strikes his Teponaxtle,
turns on orange (Sun) light) Says:
Before retiring to thy own abode, remain and hear a wondrous prophesy, which
will not only gladden thy hearts, but will also affect thy course in the heavens
and the harmony of all other celestial bodies. Know ye then, that during the
first "cane" in the abode of "Acatl"; CHIMALMA my spouse,
will give birth to another son who will bring cheer and comfort to all people of
all the planets. He shall be invested with the gifts of great and unusual wisdom
and it is my will, that ye shall receive and welcome him with the respect and
kindness that is due to my own beloved son. He shall be known to you as
QUETZALCOATL and he shall act as my special envoy at all times assuming my
prerogatives during my absence.
CHIMALMA (in answer):
Oh CAMAXTLI (!), thy prophesy is about to be fulfilled. On the first day of the
"cane" in Acatl, our son will arise from my breast and take thy place
in the heavens immediately after thy departure.
What comment hast thou to make OH TITLACAHUAN, my first born and who, by my
grace, doth give during my absence, a faint and untrustworthy light; but with no
warmth! Wilt thou give generous welcome to thy brother or wilt thou receive him
with envy and treachery as is thy want?
(in the west):
I bow to thy command Oh MY FATHER AND RULER! But take heed that thy new
offspring brings thee not sorrow and regret.
CAMAXTLI: Be gone from my presence OH EVIL TITLACAHUAN! Retire to thy realm of
darkness which is the night, there to shed light only by my will. Be warned that
I will wither thy countenance to the size and appearance of a sickly rabbit,
shouldst thou by thy sorceries and enchantment, bring harm to him who will be my
son and who will assume his place in the heavens. AWAY FROM MY SIGHT! (PAUSE....)
(Titlacahuan turns out light!) It is my wish, that all of ye now
depart and await the advent of my son Quetzalcoatl, who is due to make his first
appearance in Acatl shortly before my own arrival. Take heed of his coming and
receive him in your midst with all honors that becomes his rank.
TLALOCS strike Teponaxtlis (ring bell) in following
order N (Hue),S (Chi),W (Tit), E (Cam)
FOUR BLOWS TO DOOR OR THE TEOCALIS GREAT TEPONAXTLE
will cause then to reappear.
In the reception of the Candidates, regardless of their
number, only one shall take an active part. The Guard of the Teocali will be
near the door, armed with an Aztec war club. The candidates shall be formed in
an anteroom with the Official candidate at the head. When all is ready, he will
be instructed to strike the large drum or Teponaxtle four times. The door shall
be opened with the inquiry by the inner guard. " What
is the cause of this commotion?" Guide
outside replies "53 or whatever initiates desiring.." Candidates
file in. After being admitted to the hall, they shall all circle around the
room, being sure to pass in front of each TLALOC following the GUIDE. After
circling, all shall be seated facing the EAST. (The candidate designated to take
the part of "Q" shall be provided with a white loose robe on which are
painted or stamped a large number of small black and red crosses placed
alternately. He shall be shod with Indian sandals and carry a staff in his right
hand shaped like those used by shepherds. His head shall be adorned with a black
conical shaped cap with a five pointed silver star sewed on the front part.) The
Guide and "Q" circle as candidates are being seated and then stop in
front of altar. Guide, addressing the Candidate "Q" (hand on shoulder)
GUIDE: My friend thou hast summoned the Great Tlalocs and the Gate of the
heavens has swung open to thee. Thou has been summoned by them. Has Thou the
courage to face them in their domain?
GUIDE: (walking slowly around the chamber)
Oh hear me Great Tlalocs: the prophesy has been fulfilled and on the horizon can
now be found a new born star, ready to assume its duties in thy abode!
They circle the chamber once Stop at Camaxtli.
(Get chair or stool ready for "Q" in front of
CAMAXTLI: (turns on his light)
"Tis in truth, our newly born son, the Morning Star, he whom we have named
Quetzalcoatl. Welcome to our abode and may thy presence from now on add glory to
our destiny and bring peace and contentment to all lowly creatures of the Earth.
It shall be my pleasure, to present thee to my fellow companions who assist me
in duties in the government of the Heavens. Go first to Huemac, who from his
place in "Tepetl" (the North), has the direct care and guidance of all
material things. `Tis he that can impart to you his knowledge and cunning in the
arts, crafts, and skill that shall bring prosperity, wealth and honor to all
those who employ them wisely, as well as, unhappiness and destruction to those
who put this knowledge to an evil use. Take heed my son, thou whom I have named
"Quetzalcoatl", who possesses the wisdom of the serpent and the beauty
of the plumed "Quetzal". In thy person will henceforth be found a true
balance of the sublime and the lowly. Earth's most humble creature, which
represents all that is material, can now soar to unknown heights by the use of
the spiritual wings with which thou hast been endowed.
and matter, Beauty and ugliness, all blended harmoniously. Remain with Huemac,
oh my son, until thou has received full instruction from him and return to me
when thou art ready.
Candidate then led one complete circle around altar to
the station of HUEMAC (North). (Tlalocs hit Teponaxtlis as "Q"
passes). "Q" either stands or sits on stool in front of HUEMAC. HUEMAC
IS ON STOOL IF "Q" IS SITTING!
HUEMAC: The Central Highlands region of Mexico is extremely important to us as
members of Quetzalcoatl.
this was the home of the Toltecs and Quetzalcoatl! Much of our teachings come
from the early inhabitants of this region. The peninsula of Yucatan became the
center of the Mayan empire. A large group of migrating Mayas turned inland from
the Coast and moved northward into southern Mexico, settling there and
intermarrying with the native peoples. This mixture led to the new civilizations,
the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs. Among those new peoples, the Maya language was
adopted, as well as the use of the 260 day Maya Calendar. These civilizations
were however different from the coastal Mayas as evidenced by their burial
practices. At "Monte Alban", were found jade and pearl artifacts.
Placed in the tombs were gold masks of the Gods as well as pearl, jade, and gold
this altered form of Mayan civilization was carried north and west to a new
tribe of people, the Toltecs. These savage and primitive fighters, who had
fought their way down the Central highlands, eagerly embraced the changed form
of Maya civilization they found among the Zapotecs. The war-loving Toltecs,
began building an empire bounded on conquest! Soon great cities arose - "CHALULA,
TULA, and especially TEOTIHUACAN", just to the north of Mexico City. It had
a huge rectangular court, open to the sky and surrounded by alters. One large
alter stood in the center. Near the court were great pyramids, erected to Gods
of the Sun and Moon. While many of the Toltec ideas were borrowed from the Mayas
– they maintained their own religious beliefs, worshipping the sun instead of
idols and regarding human sacrifice as essential. (Cuts the "Q" with knife!)
Greatest of all Toltec emperors was "KUKULCAN", whose name in Mayan
came from "Kukul" being the Quetzal bird, and "Kan" being a
serpent. (The Toltec name "Quetzalcoatl" also means "plumed
serpent") Kukulcan and Quetzalcoatl were one person, the Emperor; called by
either in different parts of the country. Kukulcan, the Toltec emperor, after
conquering the southern neighbors nearest him, advanced on the Mayas in Yucatan.
The Mayas were victorious and Kukulcan (Quetzal-coatl) was captured! Rejoicing
at having captured so powerful an enemy, they took Quetzalcoatl to the Holy City
of "Chichen-Itza", where they could offer him as a sacrifice to the
rain God by casting him alive into the sacred well. (PAUSE-SCREAM)
When Quetzal-coatl was plunged into the waters 60 feet below, he was not stunned
nor killed, but clung to the rocky sides of the well. When the Mayan priests saw
that he was not harmed, they believed the rain God wanted him to live. He was
taken from the well, revered as a "living" God on earth, and became
the ruler of "Chichen-Itza" - the most powerful Lord in the Yucatan!
Under Quetzalcoatl, the Mayas prospered. He brought all the chieftains
throughout the peninsula together and formed a united and powerful state. He
then founded the city of "Mayapan" and made it his capital. He gave
the Mayas laws for government, developed manufacturing and
commerce, and began the erection of many buildings. One was the "Castillo",
a structure for the worship of Quetzalcoatl, as a God. Here, Quetzalcoatl was
worshipped as a wind-God, a God of the air. In sum, Quetzalcoatl or Kukulcan,
was a teacher, a builder of cities, giver of laws for self-government, and an
aid to his people in all activities of a peaceful, happy life. NETZAHUALCOYOTL,
return with the candidate to the CAMAXTLI.
Each station sounds Teponaxtle as candidate passes!
CAMAXTLI: "Now that thou hast received useful instruction from the Great
Tlaloc in Tepetl (North), thou shalt be directed to "Chimalma who will be
found in "Tochtli" (South). There you shall receive some wholesome and
necessary advice which will aid thee in thy sojourn amongst the inhabitants of
the Earth, and which in due course of time, thou wilt visit."
Candidate is led around to Chimalma!
CHIMALMA: My son, in obedience to thy father's wish and my own desire, there is
very little that I can add to the instruction given thee by Huemac, the Great
Tlaloc in Tepetl. I must, however, warn thee of the many evils that will beset
thee in thy course through thy immortal life, especially so when thou dost visit
the lowly inhabitants below us. Thy own brother, Titlacahuan, envious and
unscrupulous, who now resides in "Calli" is at this very moment,
planning thy destruction and he will not hesitate to use his evil power to that
end. The many followers of the cult which render homage to him, oppose thy
efforts to destroy the false idols they
in the Temples of Huitchilopoxtli (whitchee lo poxlee), where human sacrifices
are made to appease his anger.
thy work is finished, return to thy abode and remain fixed in the heavens as a
symbol of all that is good. Return, Oh My Son (!) to Camaxtli, who will give
thee final instructions before thy departure.
Candidate led around to Camaxtli.
CAMAXTLI: I have taken careful note, my son, of the instruction and advice given
to thee by the Great Tlalocs, Huemac & Chimalma. These will be a great aid
to thee during thy sojourn on earth. I can only say, that once thou hast assumed
the human shape, thy brain and intelligence will also become mortal. Until thy
mission has been completed, thou wilt be powerless to return to thy Celestial
Abode. Only a much higher and divine Power can call thee back and give thee
immortality. With the only exception of Titlacahuan, we will all welcome thee
back! Thy arrival among men shall be unheralded. However, thou shalt be
distinguished from other men on account of thy great knowledge and very shortly,
thou wilt take thy proper place as the Leader and Prophet of thy tribe. Before
thy departure to the lower realms, we must exact a solemn promise from thee. Go
thou to the Altar which is found midway between the Great Tlalocs and prepare to
repeat the Vow of Fulfillment given by our Wiseman:
Camaxtli or Wiseman goes to Altar, faces the "Q"
and faces the candidates in the background. Brings them to attention. They then
repeat the vow...
"I..(full name)....,a member in good standing of ........Temple, do
faithfully promise that I will endeavor to fulfill the mission entrusted to me
on Earth, by teaching my fellowmen all of the arts and crafts that I have
knowledge of, withholding only those which may cause injury to them, or to me,
or to my country.
I will strive to improve myself in the liberal arts and sciences to the end that
I may become a more useful citizen. That I will study the History and all other
subjects bearing on the early inhabitants and tribes of this continent. That I
will make every effort to visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan, there
to receive Consecration as a Master Artisan of the Order of Quetzalcoatl and
that I will faithfully abide by all the laws and edicts of my Teocali and those
of the Supreme Teocali. All of which I subscribe to on my word of honor. So help
Camaxtli or Wiseman returns to station & then
candidates sit. Guide stays put.
Cast Camaxtli sits & "ponders"...
CAMAXTLI: Now that thou hast assumed the Pledge of Fulfillment and will initiate
thy pilgrimage to the land of lowly creatures, we charge thee to prepare thyself
so that thy mission among men shall bear fruit.
and obtain all that has been written which will greatly add to thy store of
knowledge. In this thou wilt find assistance for the asking from those who have
already made the voyage. Caravans shall be formed from time to time, by those
directing your Teocali, to visit the Land of the toltecs - where thou wilt
receive full Consecration in a Great Temple of Quetzalcoatl. (Pyramids KUKULCAN,
Sun & Moon). And now, receive from me and my companions, our very best
wishes for your success. But before assuming the human form, thou shalt receive
Purification by the "Four Great Elements" - Fire, Water, Earth, and
Wind. These are controlled by the Four Great Tlalocs. Depart in peace and on thy
return, thou only hast to summon Four Times on the Great Teponaxtli of the
Teocali, to gain admittance to this Celestial abode.
"Q" leaves the Ceremonial Room, ushered out
by the inner guard. Director sets up Altar (light sterno, place mugs)
Re-enter upon 4 knocks. Door sequence... Guide enters
w/"Q" and picks up
as they circle room and lineup in front
of HUEMAC, facing altar and beyond the Camaxtli.
CAMAXTLI: Originally the Toltec initiates had to go through a ceremony of
purification by Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth. This was quite an ordeal! You are
now to be purified symbolically by these same elements.
CHIMALMA (turns on light) (Goes to altar & the fire
& throws sparkle in): Fire is the generator of heat and heat, in turn, is the regenerator of
life. Had we no spring and summer, we could not live, for we would not be able
to plant and grow the foodstuff's necessary for our existence.
until Chimalma returns to station!
GUIDE : See the fire that gives us light...Feel the Fire that gives us warmth
circle altar feeling flame and then line up in front of Camaxtli, facing across
HUEMAC (turns on light) (Goes to Altar & pours from
Water is essential, not only to irrigate the seed (pours out water) and allow
the plants to grow, but it is indispensable for our daily use - to quench our
thirst (drinks) and enable us to keep ourselves and everything around us clean. Walking
away he says: Cleanliness is next to Godliness!!
Wait until Huemac returns to station!
GUIDE : See the water that quinches our thirst...Feel the Water that nourishes
Candidates circle altar feeling flame and then line up
in front of Camaxtli, facing across altar Camaxtli
(turns on light) (Walks to Altar, arms
uplifted facing the Wind!): As you know, the four winds of heaven - North, South, East, & West -
are all normally in equilibrium. Should one leave this balance, as it does for a
short time, we have hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, gales, snow, and sand
storms. This lesson teaches us that, the coil that exists upon the earth
occasionally becomes unwound but in the end, it spends its fury, and we have
calm again, and for peace and calm, you should always strive.
Wait until Titla returns to station!
GUIDE : Feel the wind that blows both good and evil. My son, learn to choose the
[CANDIDATES FEEL WIND FROM FAN] THEN FACE THE CAMAXTLI
finally - Earth; the element that provides for all seeds, as it furnishes our
food, it also provides for our luxuries. It bestows the minerals and forests
necessary for our homes and tools. And at last, when we have completed our life
on Earth, she is ready (picks up some and lets it fall back to the bowl) to
receive us again.
Wait until Camaxtli returns to station!
GUIDE : See the Earth from which all things grow. Feel the Earth, to which we
all shall eventually return!
Move out 2 chairs for Guide and "Q" to sit on.
Candidates all sit down!
CAMAXTLI: You will now be instructed in the Charge and the Counter-Charge of the
Order, which will be demonstrated for your benefit by Past Camaxtlies ... and
Please pay strict attention to the Pass Words & Sign of this Order. (Demonstration
takes place and then get their attention)
CAMAXTLI: It is my desire, that the Great Tlalocs seated at the four cardinal
points, now resume their individual tasks. Huemac will return to his mineral
realm in Tepetl (north), where he governs all inert matter.
CAMAXTLI: The Candidates will now stand facing Camaxtli (in front of Huemac). (Pause)
(Officers go to Camaxtlies Right!) You will partake with the Officers
of this Teocali in consuming an Ancient Beverage - consisting of Water, Fire,
and Earth - which is referred to as the " Drink of Equal Parts".
This we do in recognition and in keeping with our motto: "FUN IS THE NAME
OF THE GAME, OLE!" Let us proceed, by giving your attention to our Master
Artisan, Coate: who will instruct you in this part of the Ceremonial. May God
save your soul!!
He shall devote
himself to the transformation of those baser metals into ones of greater value.
He shall transform rock and flint into gems of wondrous beauty. To his
responsibility, shall be the generation of heat through artificial means, which
shall preserve life during my temporary absence.
[HUEMAC hits Temponoxie, turns our light & remains
my good and faithful companion...you shall cover your green mantle of vegetation
with the black hood of darkness, thereby preserving it during the hours of
slumber, until my appearance in the East. Within your ample and generous bosom
are found all the mysterious forces which spring into life upon receiving my
vivifying rays and the rain donated by Tlaloc, the rain God. The cycle of human
and vegetable life are entirely dependent on these Three forces and will
continue to be so throughout the Ages!
[CHIMALMA covers station
w/veil, hits Temponoxie, turns
our light & remains at station]
CAMAXTLI: And now only you remain, Oh, Titlacahuan. After my departure from Acatl
in the East, you shall trail behind me, shedding you sickly rays of light, which
are but a reflection of my own strength. Each day, and its corresponding night,
you shall grow in size, and many foolish earth-men will believe that you have
supplanted me as ruler of the heavenly bodies. They shall even pay you
undeserved reverence and worship, build Temples in your honor, create false
cults for your admiration, invent cruel sacrifices where maidens and worthy men
shall be slaughtered (PAUSE-SCREAM)
to gain your favor and that of the God of Evil (he who shall be known as
HUITCHILOPOCHTLI (whitchee-lo-poxlee). You shall also endeavor to nullify the
mission of your brother, Quetzalcoatl, employing every means in your power to
destroy him. You shall with the aid of your henchmen and sorcerers, finally
force him to depart from Earth and return to his abode with us, but not before
he has brought great knowledge to his tribe, teaching them the worship of Love
and Kindness. As a reward for his labors, he shall hold a place of honor in our
Celestial Abode, occupying both a position in the East and in the West, being
known to men as the Morning and Evening Star. On the other hand, you shall
receive for punishment, a return to oblivion, by gradual shrinkage, until your
face resembles that of a sickly rabbit. BE GONE! [CAMAXTLI
turns off light & remains at station]
INNER-GUARD - Strikes the Great Teponaxtli once softly,
closing Teocali. All is quiet! Lights dim!!
- (Comes out in front of seated "Q"!)
All the Earth is a grave and naught shall escape it.
Nothing is so perfect, that it does not fall and disappear. (Grab handful of
dirt and let cascade out) The rivers, brooks, fountains, and waters flow on and
never return to their joyous beginnings. They hasten on to the vast realm of
Tlaloc and the wider they spread between their margins, the more rapidly do they
mount their sepulchral urns. The wind which was yesterday, is not today; and let
not that which is today, trust to live tomorrow. The caverns of the earth are
filled with pestilential dust, which once was the bones, the flesh, and the
bodies of great ones, who sat upon thrones, deciding causes, ruling assemblies,
governing armies, conquering provinces, possessing treasures, tearing down
temples and flattering themselves with pride, majesty, fortunes, praise, and
dominion. These glories have passed like the dark smoke thrown out by the fires
of Popocatepetl (Popo kata petal) leaving no monuments but the rude skins on
which they are written.
Oh! My fair brother, Quetzalcoatl; your glory and power will likewise diminish
and fade, and will pass beyond the vale of remembrance. I will follow you
through eternity and harass your every effort! [close
with a dirty evil
laugh as you run away!]
OVERHEAD LIGHTS OFF FOR 2-3 SECONDS!!
CANDIDATES STAY SEATED! End of Ritual Applause.....
Director stages Officers to Camaxtlies side &
Candidates in front of Huemac facing Camaxtli for the Pulkee Ceremony. (Put
LIGHTS UP! Director brings to the Altar the ceremonial mugs!
Drink of Equal Parts Ceremony
- Harken to me, fellow Artisans! TAKE HEED of the following lesson, which in a
large part, keeps our Order so closely bound together. I have here before me a
mug and shot glasses, filled with an Ancient Beverage, consisting of Water, Fire,
and Earth, which, when properly brewed, is called " PULKIE".
Its use will be demonstrated by your Officers who will participate in consuming
their equal share. (Officers
Drink and turn up mug when finished!) This beverage may not be as
palatable as one would like it to be, but, there are always tasks we perform
which are not all pleasant and delightful. As you will note, this Ancient
Beverage will be shared equally and completely among you. If you become ill,
while imbibing, thus causing sickness and regurgitation, NO ONE WILL PAY ANY
ATTENTION to you what-so-ever. As you have been informed, our Order is governed
by the history of the THREE MONKEYS. See No Evil - no one will watch! Speak No
Evil - no one will tell! Hear No Evil - no one will listen! So go the Three
Monkeys -- SEE NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL. The Order of Quetzalcoatl
is an organization of congenial Nobles, who work and play together, who share
equally of both Good and Bad. Therefore, there has been placed in each glass, a
quantity of " PULKIE"
to be passed among you. Each of you are to drink equally, thus carrying your
share of the load (and not leaving the poor Brother Artisan on the end, any more
than his equal share)...LET THE DRINKING BEGIN!! OLE!!
CAMAXTLI: After they
are through..."I DECLARE THE CEREMONIAL FINISHED!"
come & welcome into our Order, these new Artisans"
HUEMAC: (Turns on light)
"In the archeological zones of Teotihuacan are two pyramids, the largest
one has arbitrarily named the pyramid of the Sun and the smaller one, the
pyramid of the moon. The former has been cleansed of its surface rubbish and
repaired, the latter is still in a semi-ruinous state and very little work has
been done on it. The pyramid of the sun is approximately 215 feet in height and
covers an area of one-half million feet with a frontage of 716 feet. The
structure is divided into five sections by set-blocks in the sloping walls. On
the west side, one ascends an enormous stairway to the summit, which is the
level platform, measuring 130 feet square, on which was formerly found the
Temple. As it was made of perishable materials, no trace of it is left. There is
no question the pyramids had religious motives for their existence! Undoubtedly,
the most interesting spot of the whole zone is the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, which
is to be found on the far eastern side of the enclosure known as the
"Citadel". This building almost totally concealed by another more
recent structure, possibly supplies a prototype of the decorative art and
symbolism of the Toltecs. Here serpent heads are set at regular intervals, the
length of the balustrades.
head projects with a feathered ruffle and the open jaws display a fearsome set
of teeth. Interspaced between the heads of Quetzalcoatl, are the masks of Tlaloc,
the rain God, shells, fish, and other forms of marine life are abundantly
depicted in this ruin. This temple was devoted to the cult of the plumed
serpent, which was embodied in Quetzalcoatl, the God-Prophet-and Leader of the
ancient Toltecs. The word Tolteca means craftsman or artificer, and it is this
tribe of specialized workmen who were no doubt responsible for the architectural
magnificence of many of the ruins in Mexico.
and history have given Quetzalcoatl and his artisans, the toltecs, great
pre-eminence in the making of precourtesan life in Mexico. It is near the site
of the Sacred Temple that the International Shrine Ceremonials have taken place.
Where could a more appropriate location be found for a ceremony, based on an
indian ritual and its colorful background, than in this area with its ancient
and colorful past, where the religious ceremonies were held for many centuries
before the coming of the European white man."