Years ago, before Mexico had the borders we know today, the Aztecs ruled. Before that, the Toltecs had the upper hand. Historians and archaeologists have plenty to say on the Toltecs, but there’s little agreement.
Theories describe them as the forerunners of the Aztecs, as a rival force and even as an embellished remembrance of “the good old days.” Most records stem from Aztec conversations documented by the Spanish conquistadores and from their art that featured snakes, skulls and jaguars.
There’s something imposing about these giant stone columns, high in the heart of the former Toltec civilization. These warriors reminded me of one Toltec legend in particular, the curse of their former leader Quetzalcoatl. Apparently as he lay dying in the hands of the Aztecs, Quetzalcoatal threatened to return and destroy them, in disguise and approaching from the East.
Given how things turned out, that’s quite prophetic.