The ancient city of Teotihuacán – Place of the Gods or ‘Place Where Gods Were Born’ – once home to over 150, 000 people, now lies in ruins north-east of Mexico City. Its original name is unknown, but its mysterious inhabitants believed it to be the place where today’s world was created, and evidence suggests that the monuments at the site, specifically a temple and two pyramids, were built to line up with the three stars in Orion’s Belt. In fact, the entire city seems to be astronomically aligned, pointing to the culture having advanced knowledge of astronomy. Other areas in which they seemed advanced were mathematics, architecture and even urban planning. Teotihuacán’s pyramids have secret chambers, tunnels and doors, and the city boasts an intricate drainage system of carved rock pipes.
Legend says the gods arrived in Teotihuacán when they came to Earth in 3114 BC, and the city is said to have been built by the Quinametzin, a race of giants who had survived the previous era and were mostly in hiding during that period. The gods said to have come from the skies are many, from giants and feathered serpents to a water goddess and rain god. The Aztecs, who later inhabited the city after what appears to be a civil war destroyed much of it, named the two temples after the moon and sun. At its zenith, the city boasted a larger population than Rome, and its citizens are depicted as warriors in wall murals, which also show Teotihuacán’s citizens at war – not to gain new territory, but to capture thousands of prisoners whom they could sacrifice, believing this would delay the end of the world.
Modern archaeologists have not been able to discover much about Teotihuacán’s builders, so who knows – perhaps a race of giants from the Orion constellation did build the ancient city. What do you think?