Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Burden of Time

This documentary takes us on a journey to meet the indigenous population of Central America. We visit the ruins at Teotihuacan and the Aztec temple of Quetzalcoatl in Mexico City, and discusses the Mayans' concept of time and the Aztec custom of human sacrifice.

Isolated from the rest of the world, the Mayans and Aztecs created sophisticated civilizations that in many ways paralleled ancient Mediterranean empires. God-like kings and a priestly ruling class dominated splendid cities of temples and pyramids.

I apologise...this film's audio goes somewhat out of sinc with the video. It is such a great documentary, however, that it is worth putting up with.

More documentaries like this...

The Kogi - From the Heart of the World

The Curse of Oil

The Lost Pyramids of Caral

Guns, Germs and Steel

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice documentary, except, well... Even the Spanish didn't describe the people as going up to be killed as being 'dragged'. Mostly they went up accepting their fate. Voluntarily, as an honour upon themselves and their family.