The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

oh, xolotl, behave

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Another one of the topics which your humble narrator is an absolute geek about happens to involve the pre-Columbian belief systems of the aboriginal cultures which distinguished Mexico and its central American Neighbors to the south. Particularly the Aztec, or Mexica, belief system (Aztec is a spanish word) is something dear to my heart. This is mentioned so that the replete joy I felt at discovering this “cool car” on the corner of 43rd and Northern Blvd. recently might be understood.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On the hood, or bonnet for anglicized readers, is a lovely little illustration. Ironically presented using western techniques of illustration- it nevertheless depicts an Eagle Knight and Mexica Princess framed against an imposing temple. The central skull face at the bottom of the piece is the earth monster from the “Calendar Stone of Tonatiuh”, and a full size reproduction of said sculpture may be found at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

The Eagle Knights were sort of mesoamerican “Green Berets”, an elite caste of warriors distinguished by a noble birth and the use of specialized training, weapons, and tactics. The Mayan warriors depicted in the popular film “Apocalypto”, in comparison, were Jaguar Knights.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The shining surprise on this “cool car” was found on the rear view mirrors. I’m sure that the “Ramirez” tag has some sort of modern pop cultural significance which I am unaware of, to which my only reply is “La Raza” as I sweep my spread fingers across my eyes.

Before you ask about the title of this posting- Xolotl was the name of the obsidian glass instrument which was used in the ceremonies of human sacrifice to the sun god Huitzilopochtli and the rain god Tlaoc. The Mexica considered it to be a living being.

Written by Mitch Waxman

September 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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  1. I saw Apocalypto. It was thrillllling to see sacrificial human heads bouncing down the temple steps, no? (BTW, how “popular” was that flick? It came and went.) But the most moving scene in Apocalypto was the very end when the Beringian Aztecs see the arrival of the Spanish galleons. The bringers of great Western Aristotelian civilization to the savages. Check out the upcoming Columbus Day weekend celebrations for local tributes to this historical gift. Ramirez out to repaint the bonnet with the Santa Maria.


    September 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

  2. A bit too garish and crass for my taste. That and I believe dark topics should be executed in art in a more forboding style not some trivialized ideal of triumphal ethnic pride wrapped in ignorance. Certainly not worthy of serious consideration as a candidate for The Pentacle Mobile although most likely for sale- cheap. Others are welcome to disagree with my crumdugeonly assessment.

    How curious that either the custom paint job or the rims alone cost more than the vehicle itself is worth.


    October 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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