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Aztec Serpent Head Cornerstone

As you walk through the historic center of Mexico City and reach the corner between the streets of Pino Suárez and República del Salvador, take a glance downwards and you will encounter, to your amazement, the fanged jaws and forked tongue of a monstrous dragon-like serpent.

This fearsome basalt stone sculpture once graced the steps of a pyramid in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. It formed the frontal piece of an immense serpentine creature that likely symbolized the Aztec serpent creator god of mankind, Quetzalcoatl. 


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