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These unusual figures from the great ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán - revered by the Aztecs/Mexica and called by them the ‘City of Gods’ - present something of a mystery: what exactly did they signify? They appear to have puzzled scholars since the first one, from Metepec, was found by George Vaillant in 1933
Dubbed figura huésped or ‘host figurine’ in Spanish - as they ‘host’ varying numbers of smaller, solid figurines inside them - these two-part, relatively naked clay figures, found in burials and offerings as far away from Teotihuacán as Guatemala, Michoacán and the Yucatán, have prompted experts to suggest a number of possible meanings:-
• Fertility, nurturing and growth (Note though that host figurines are just as often male as female!)
• The concept of the nahual - our inner self, companion spirit, double
• An earth deity receiving and protecting the souls of dead warriors
• The multi-ethnic make-up of a city like Teotihuacán:
"melanin is the physical manifestation of the entire electro magnetic spectrum, so that means that where ever you are, any light that is like you, your melanin is going to be able to pick that up and relay it to your brain because every granule of melanin is directly sitting on a nerve ending, because it is a neuron, it is a form of brain tissue. so if you happen to be jet black, and you are walking around outside, and there is a particular star that is up in the sky, the amount of light that is being pulsated from this particular star will actually hit your melanin granules, your nerves will then relay that to the brain, and it will make an image!" -jewel pookrum
And so maybe these are "worker" suits used by some who came and built... The interiors look kind of mechanical. Would be odd if some of the suits were large enough to fit multiple members within some of them for construction purposes...
When the kings of Mesopotamia were away from their home city, particularly when they were afield on one of their numerous military expeditions, they required some sort of mobile or portable communications to keep in touch with their home base and to receive instructions from the gods. For this purpose they took with them the temple images or statues of the gods. These statuettes were believed to be the active residence of the deity. They were of different size and composition. Joan Oates in her definitive work Babylon, remarks that these animated statues which were carried off to war by the kings and priests, were fashioned and repaired in special workshops in the city and had to undergo an elaborate and highly secret ritual of consecration which endowed them with "life," and enabled them to speak.