Myths and Legends Debunked
Long considered to be an Urban Legend, there are tunnels that run under the Mexican City, Puebla. These systems of tunnels are believed to be 500 years old. Researchers have considered that these tunnels were used by soldiers and another theory is that they were used by clergy (also known as common folk).
It is said that these tunnels are so high that a person could easily ride on hoseback through them. They extend for more than 10km. Antiques and items such as: old play toys, marbles, kitchen accessories, guns, gunpowder and bullets have been found trapped within the mud. These tunnels end where the Cinco de Mayo battle happened.
Four seperate entrances were found filled with earth when the tunnels were discovered. It was believed that there was a network of monestaries that had congregated in secret alleys. This network ran from Santo Domingo, San Agustin, La Merced to San Javier.
Due to a rich history and impressive architectural styles, Pueblo was named a World Heritage Site in 1987. Tourist attractions have now been made available to explore these tunnels and look at some of the artifacts that have been found.
A once myth or urban legend no longer exists. The tunnels are very much real. I found this story interesting for the mere fact that if what the people of Puebla walk on now is 18th or 19th century, and below them holds treasures, what else is out there yet to be discovered?
Mexico City; A secret underground world?
It is said that mere meters under the capitol of Mexico, a series of temples, palaces and mysterious artefacts from ancient kingdoms are being unearthed. The Spanish had started building the Metropolitan Cathedral in 1573 above the sacred Aztec temples as a symbol of their conquest. A five year excavation unearthed Templo Mayor(Great Temle). This excavation came about after electrical workers discovered a giant monolith in 1978.
One of these such discoveries was the Temple of Tonatiuh, the god of the sun. He was the godly govenor that was referred to as “the erea of the fifth sun”, which is a period that is still unfolding, predicting to end in destruction by earthquake. Then there is the Piedra Chalchihuitl stone. It has a stylised glyph that says, “the place of the precious sacred.”
The renovation of a building in 2015 led to a discovery of EL Gran Tzompantli. This is a 35m-long skull rack that had wooden posts where skulls of sacrificed victims were displayed. In 2017, after two years of excavations, there were nearly 700 skulls unconvered. A number of sacrificial offerings were found, including that of the skeleton of a boy dressed as Huitzilopochtli, a war god.
Many of the historic buildings in the metropolis serve the same function as they did 700 years ago. For instance, there is a Spanish cathedral built on top of what was The Mexican temple. Then you have Mexico’s National Palace that stands above the ruins of the palace of Moctezuma II, which was the long-standing Mexican Emporer, killed during the early stages of the Spanish conquest.
The idea that these buildings were built on top of the same buildings that represent eachother is very symbolic.
My curiosity has been piqued and am on a journey of my own to bring to you discoveries of Real Truths or just mere Myths and Legends.
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