Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

April 19, 2010

Monte Alban is a famous archaeological site on the outskirts of Oaxaca city. From approximately 500-800CE, the Zapotec people lived here, living by a calendar aligned with the sun and moon and following Orion’s belt as their guiding point in the night sky. Here they were able to recreate 7 distinct microclimates and cultivated and saved seeds that were distributed all over their territory. They had aqueducts and each home of the high-ranking officials had its own underground cistern. The site is perfectly flat and, they say that there’s a spot where, on the equinox, the sun will pass through your body and you’ll see your own x-ray. I’ve met people who experienced this. Each year, many Mexicans come to Monte Alban as part of the annual indigenous festival, the Guelagetza, as well as for other sacred practices throughout the year.
The morning I went it was, thankfully, overcast and not yet full of tourists.

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