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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] Great comment Glass. As best I can tell, there is no mention in anything I have read as to whether or not the lake surrounding the city of Aztlan is salty or not. This is important because as you said, large salt lakes are not very common and therefore it seems likely mention would have been made. However, here is something I believe deserves consideration. I have read several places, (I don't have any references handy), that Tenochtitlan (the Aztec capitol) was supposed to be a "reproduction" of Aztlan. It just so happens that Tenochtitlan was built on an island in the middle of Lake Texcoco. The valley of Mexico has been a closed basin since at least the Late Pliocene, therefore making Lake Texcoco (now dried up) a salt lake! This is evidenced by the following translation of the Aztec "Boturini codex". It is taken from page 18 of a 21 page document, therefore it is taking place near the end of the Aztec journey from Aztlan to Tenochtitlan. The location "Chapultepec", mentioned in the following translation, is a known archaeological site that rests on a mesa named "Grasshopper Hill" and overlooks Tenochtitlan and Lake Texcoco. http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/bot/bot18-2.htm [QUOTE][b]In Year 9-Flint they settled in Chapultepec, Grasshopper Mountain, the rock that looks like an insect, the mountain that issues fresh water into the salty lake[/b], the rock on which future Emperors would have their portraits carved. The people could see the whole lake from this place, could see canoes and caravans pass from city to city, could see the shining temples of all the gods, could see the colored palaces of militant kings, could take the measure of their neighbors' strengths and weaknesses, could see the islands that rose in the water. On one of these islands the heart of Copil, Huitzilopochtli's last godly enemy, had been cast, in the place on the rock, in the spot among the reeds where Quetzalcoatl had rested when he abandoned the Toltecs. The priests new the Promised City would rise in this place, would rise from Huitzilopochtli's victory, from their tests and their suffering, and from Quetzalcoatl's legacy. [b]Those in charge of provisions saw the islands as places to catch fish and hunt birds, to pick berries and gather eggs and the edible plants remembered in legend from the lake in Aztlan where their journey began[/b].[/QUOTE]One other thing to consider. There are two commonly suggested translations of the name Aztlan. One is "place of egrets" and the other is "place of whiteness". Egrets or Herons can be found in both fresh and salt water, so this doesn't offer much help. However, the shores of a salt lake are most certainly a "place of whiteness", and, one could say the same applies to the Bonneville Salt Flats, which lie not far from the Great Salt Lake itself. Perhaps this is all just concidence, perhaps not, but it's definately a "lead" I intend to investigate further. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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