One of the things I’ve learned in my reading is that Carlos Fuentes wrote quite a few short stories. In fact, his first book was a collection of. Chac Mool has ratings and 20 reviews. Owlseyes said: Aztec chacmools bore water imagery and were associated with Tlaloc, the rain god. Their symbo. 9 Lesson Nine FOCUS: Symbolism “Chac-Mool” by Carlos Fuentes Symbols are persons, places, or things in a narrative that have significance beyond a literal.

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In fact, his first book was a collection of fantastic fiction called Los Dias Enmascarados The Masked Dayswhich, to my knowledge, was never translated into English. But hope springs eternal, and so I had to look around….

A chacmool is a particular form of Mesoamerican sculpture: His hands are on his abdomen, holding a dish or a bowl for accepting ritual offerings.

His head is facing to the side.

Chac Mool by Carlos Fuentes

Chacmools have been found throughout central Mexico and the Yucatan, down into Central America. Chacmools are often associated with the Aztec rain god Tlaloc or with the similar Mayan rain god Chac or Chaac. Both these rain gods are associated with human sacrifice the bowl the chacmool holds is often a cuauhxicalli: After the Chac Mool arrives, the water pipes mysteriously burst and the roof springs leaks in the rain.


Filiberto discovers that in all this moisture, the stone idol seems to be turning into flesh — a rain god coming to life. Slowly, the Chac Mool turns Filiberto into his slave….

Christ, after all, was a sacrifice, an offering — and a bloody one at that. The Buddha, apparently, died of food poisoning — or at least soon after eating a meal.

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Christianity, in its warm, bloody feeling, of sacrifice and liturgy, turns into a natural and novel prolongation of the indigenous religion. The aspects of charity, love, and the other cheek, in turn, are rejected. And everything in Mexico is that: Filiberto has an interesting relationship with the past himself.

He is fascinated with pre-Columbian Mexican art, and he lives metaphorically in the past, in the lonely and too large house left to him by his parents, repulsed by the idea of a modern apartment. But then the past becomes his enemy. But just as traditional ways are threatened by modernity, Chac Mool is also vulnerable to the present: Filiberto hopes that it will weaken him, maybe even kill him.

But will it happen soon enough? Or the original Spanish text, here. It was my introduction to magical realism, and is still my favorite Cortazar story. Mayan chacmool from Chichen Itza. Aztec chacmool from Tenochtitlan. Photo by Adriel A. I like the Chac mool at the end, too.


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“Chac-Mool” by Carlos Fuentes

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