Sunday, June 24, 2007
Encounter: Mexico City History
Context is a must on a mission trip. One needs to know the culture, geography and history of the field to be a smart and savvy misionary. Below is what we used for one of our encounter times and it makes for a great blog entry.
The Aztecs arrived in the Valley of Mexico in the 13th century. According to tradition, they founded Tenochtitlán ("Place of the High Priest Tenoch") on the site of current day Mexico City.
Before I tell you how the city was settled, lets look at it for what it is now.
• Located on a marsh in a lake bottom ringed by mountains
• one mile above sea level (accounts for lots of altitude sickness)
• prone to earthquakes
• the city is sinking, currently about 9 cm each year and is now below its water table level
• contains some of the worst smog on the planet.
• Population (2005)
- City 8,720,916
- Density 5,741/km² (14,869.1/sq mi)
- Metro 19,231,829
According to legend, Aztecs came to Tenochtitlan (ten o cheet lan) because of an omen: they followed their god Huitzilopochtli, (hoytz il poch tli)wto where they would eventually plant their city. After much wandering they saw a sign. On a boggy island in Lake Texcoco they saw Huitzilopochtli who ook the form of an eagle, wandperched on a cactus and waseating a snake. The leaders of the Mthe Aztecsinterpreted this as a sign to move their population to athis lake valley
47 "Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 "But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great."