Daniela

Daniela

Posted on 07/31/2009


Photo taken on July 25, 2009


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Architecture, sculpture

Decapitator

Decapitator 

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A reproduction of a Moche statue on display at the Army Museum in Stockholm. A ferocious mythological being from the Moche culture in Peru (c. 500 BC). In his right hand he is holding a "tumi", a ritual sacrificial knife.

At the top of Moche society reigned warrior-priests who presided over sacrificial ceremonies where prisoners of war were decapitated and cut up, after which their blood was greedily drunk. The Moche people possessed no writing system, but their artwork is unparalleled in pre-Columbian America. In the 8th century AD the culture disappeared without explanation.

Moche iconography features a figure scholars have nicknamed the 'Decapitator' or Ai Apaec, it is frequently depicted as a spider, but sometimes as a winged creature or a sea monster, all three features symbolizing land, water and air. When the body is included, it is usually shown with one arm holding a knife and another holding a severed head by the hair. The 'Decapitator' is thought to have figured prominently in the beliefs surrounding the practice of sacrifice.


Photo : Peter Isotalo
Wikimedia Commons
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12 comments - The latest ones
Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
la musique colle bien Bravo!!
4 years ago.
Daniela has replied to Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
Merci, Chris, c'est chez Bernard que j'ai trouvé cette idée de musique...
4 years ago.
j-p l'@rchéo
j-p l'@rchéo
Copier c'est gagner : tout le monde a le droit d'être Japonais ou Vangéliste . Hé ;-))
4 years ago.
Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
pour clore le débat je vais chercher Décapitator je crois que c'est nécessaire
4 years ago.
Daniela has replied to Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
Pas compris... Quand je dors peu je suis bête...
4 years ago.
Krisonteme¸.•*¨*••• has replied to Daniela
ben il y avait quelques décapitations à faire non tu crois pas ?????
4 years ago.
Daniela has replied to Krisonteme¸.•*¨*•••
On y travaille, Chris... On a recueilli le sang dans un seau et on prépare le boudin... Maintenant c'est beaucoup plus propre... mdr-mdr-mdr...
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Krisonteme¸.•*¨*••• has replied to Daniela
je vous aiderai à le faire mais je n'en mangerai pas j'ai horreur de ça lol
4 years ago.