Animating an Aztec Myth with the Music of Tchaikovski

In the Nahuatl and Mexica cultures of pre-Hispanic Mexico, the god of war, Tezcatlipoca, took on many transfigurations to make sure that his worlds were in order. From a warrior with an obsidian disk on his chest to a jaguar, he was the god of time, the nocturnal sky, and the embodiment of change through conflict. Tezcatlipoca was fundamental to the cultural and natural phenomena justified by religion at the time. In Tezcatlipoca, a short animation by Robin George, now hosted by FNX First Nations Experience, the artist matched Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” to the Aztec myth of a deity who descends from heaven in the form of an animal.


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