2014-08-06

From Chichen Itza to New York


If there is something shared by most of human cultures of all ages and places, that is the sacrifice. From the sacred cenotes (natural sinkholes) where the Mayans threw their victims, to the great spectacular sacrifice of the New York's Twin Towers, the forms adopted by these sacrificial rituals are very numerous. And yet the sacrifices share a common feature: it is by their means that the human culture exerts its domination over the nature, or in other words, sacrifices produce the dissociation of the body and the spirit. Under this fundamental characteristic, all human creation of spirit requires, even at a small amount, the death of the body. Any ascent requires a fall.  

Image after Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza (Tinun, Yucatan, Mexico, ca. AD 7th-13th century) [aw], Yves Klein's Le Saut dans le vide (Leap into the Void, 1960) [fu/fd] and Associated Press/Richard Drew's The Falling Man (2001) [fu/fd].