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The challenge in this sculpture is to guess which animal it represents. Any ideas? Well, looking at the shape is the head of a macaw, or in pre-Columbian cultures, the name given to a parrot or parrot. Knowing this, and seeing again the stone sculpture, we can really contemplate the quality of the design of the indigenous sculptors.

This statue was found in Xochimalco, in the region of Morelos and shows the importance of the cult of the macaw. For these people, the macaw represented different divine forces. The language of the birds was considered a message from the gods, and the power to imitate human language meant that they could transmit messages from the gods. In addition, his gaze is penetrating, a symbol of warlike vigilance. The association of these animals with the concepts of life, movement and temporality is also considered.

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