Thursday, July 7, 2011

Did the Aztecs discover the piano??

LaredoTejas historians have recently come across some pre-columbian documents that shed some light on the possibility that the Aztecas might just have invented the piano.  If not that, then at the very least, they appear to have had some piano-like instrument during their reign in Mexico's central valley.

Aztec history is rich in long, colorful names for their gods and leaders and the use of their native Nahuatl language offers some of the most exotic, poetic names and words known to man.  Take for instance, the majestic volcano known as Popocatepetl, or some of their gods' names such as Quetzalcoatl or Huitzilopotchli.  Well, archaelogists now have reason to believe that the Aztecs had either a piano-playing god, or emperor who went by the name of Tocalazteclas. Unbelievably, this Nahuatl word translates almost verbatim into Spanish for "He plays the keys". That has got to be one of the most fascinating coincidences in Meso-American archaelogy.

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