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The Astronomy of the Mexican Flag

The iconography of the Mexican flag- the eagle, serpent and nopal cactus, have their roots in pre-Columbian imagery, as is well-known. What is not so well-known understood is how this pre-Columbian imagery is based on astronomy.

In the book Aztec Astronomy, the modern constellations are given pre-Columbian associations and through these associations, the origin of many religious and cultural symbols can be attributed to astronomy once again.

Below is a video that demonstrates how the symbols from the Mexican flag can be traced back to modern constellations that are given pre-Columbian associations. Lastly, the same symbols from the Mexican flag and the astronomy are identified in the Codex Yoalli Ehecatl [Borgia].

*Please press the “play” buttons to advance the video

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