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Sexual transgressions in ancient Mexico

Based on this article:
http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=39254

Translated from samples from:
http://www.arqueomex.com/S2N2SUMARIO104.html

The translation is not the entire article since the entire article isn’t on the site.

Sexual transgressions occurred in the mythical time and in the daily. The transgressions in both spaces were a functional component of the cosmos.


From the Telleriano-Remensis Codex

In Tamoanchan a foul is committed in that dominates the sexual connotation. The gods, to cause the rupture of the tree for his transgression, are expelled, and thereby gives rise to sexual pleasure.

They considered transgressions both voluntary and involuntary acts.

These acts broke the order and produce chaos in the community, so the offender should repair the lost balance. Such repair was achieved, in many cases, by death, but there were varying degrees of compensation according to the class, gender or circumstance. Sexual transgression produced an imbalance at different levels: individual, social and cosmic. Sexual failure not only affected the personal level, but the presence of the offender damaged the crop, animal, new borns, commerce; so the consequences of failure affecting the community. Similarly, it was believed that transgressions alter the cosmic order, it could produce the end of an era: Moctezuma ordered to destroy a place of prostitutes in Tlatelolco because its attributed to their transgression public that the gods have allowed the Spanish to come and impose their domain.

Mythical sexual transgression


This happens in the divine time before the existence of human beings, Tamoanchan was the paradise home of Tonacatecuhtli and Tonacacihuatl, creator gods, who expelled their children from that place after one or more cut flowers, metaphor for a sexual failure, and that’s how they descented to Earth. The tear of the Tamoanchan tree is the result of such failure.

Among the transgressive divinities are Ixnextli, Ixcuina, Xochiquetzal, Tlazolteotl, Tezcatlipoca, Itzpapalotl, Huehuecoytl and Itztlacoliuhqui. Therefore, these gods were vested with a major sexual burden. For example, Ixnextli was linked to the accusation of a robbery or to live pleasantly, as they were called ixnex; Ixcuina was defenders of the adulterers, and Tlazolteotl was the goddess of garbage, defined as sexual excesses.

In the Telleriano Remensis Codex (image above) sets that with the expulsion of Tamoanchan: the origin of time and sexual pleasure. The expulsion of the gods introduced death, but the loss of indefinite longevity was compensated with procreation, edible produce and the first light of dawn.

The original transgression was the trigger for the circulation of time (calendar - human space) in which it appears Earth, agriculture, fire, sex and therefore procreation. The mythical transgression causes a disruption that allows the passage of a pre-cultural state to a culture.
Sexual transgression was a functional component of the cosmos, acting as a trigger for movement. The creative forces and of the destructive and chaotic order were necessary oppositions that allowed the dynamism of the universe.