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We know that in Aztec traditional music, the Huehuetl drum was the king of the drums, this time we will talk about what was considered the queen, El Teponaztli.
Usually touched next to each other, it was believed that both, according to legend, had been gods banished to the earth in the form of drums. As such, they were sacred and directed the rhythms that formed a crucial part of all the main Aztec ceremonies and festivals in the great central courtyard of Tenochtitlan.
The mallets were made of wood (called "olmaitl" or "rubber hands") with a rubber resin tip. For a better resonance, the musician generally supported the instrument (in temple rituals) on a cane ring called "throne" ("icpalli", a word that is usually reserved for the special seat of someone of high authority) or ( in ceremonial dances) on a wooden stand at waist level, these drums ranged between 25 cms and a full meter in length.
Its carved in brown wood and "surprising weight", the drum is decorated on one side with the figure of Xochipilli, ("Prince of Flowers") and god of music, dance and festivity.
It is still played twice a year at the main community festivals, and it is believed that it has spiritual powers (especially for the 3 men in Tepoztlan who have the privilege of being able to touch it), the original is kept in a secret place in the city . This fine replica ...
It can be seen on request in the sacristy of the Church of the Holy Trinity on Avenida del Tepozteco.
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