Tuesday, November 20, 2007

El Jaguar, y sus mitos mesoamericanos

I hope everyone is ready for Turkey Day!!! I read an intersting
article yesterday that has to do with the reappearance of the
jaguar in the American Southwest. The Southwest at one point
in history was still the territory of the native Mexicans related
to the Aztecs, Maya, and other tribes. All of whom had import-
ant myths and stories to tell about their elusive fantastical
creature, the jaguar.

Once you've clicked on the picture link above and seen both
pictures, be sure to go to the link here, and read the article in
Smithsonian magazine. As you are reading, answer the questions:

1. Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?


2. What size is the cat?


3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?


4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?


5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?


Go to this article on Aztec mythology in Wikipedia, and read the
sections entitled: "Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl" and "Mythical
Stories"

6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?


7. Who was his enemy?


8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?


9. What did he do once he had taken this form?


Read the entry for 'Jaguars' in this article on the Olmecs and answer:

1. What are the functions of the jaguar in their mythology?


2. Since the jaguar in their mythology is actually a god in the form of a
beast, what do you suppose is actually happening in this picture?


Read the following story called 'El Origen de los Felinos' and answer:

1. Where is this story from?


2. How are the Yanomani's ideas about the jaguar similar to the Maya
or Olmec?


3. What happens to jaguar at the end of the story?


4. What is the similarity between Tezcatlipoca, and the Yanomani's
jaguar in the story?

Have fun over the weekend! Come back safe and in one piece!

21 comments:

wilsy said...

1. Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?
They may have caught a third animal on film—the cat appears differently patterned than the others. If it is a female, it would be the first one known in the United States in 40 years. It's possible the cats were here all along, unnoticed, or they may be visitors from Mexico. It's also possible that jaguars are returning to—and breeding in—the United States.


2. What size is the cat?
The paw print, judging from the size of it, was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier.

3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?
40 years
4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?


5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?



6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?
was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.

7. Who was his enemy?


8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?


9. What did he do once he had taken this form?

wilsy said...

2. What size is the cat?
The paw print, judging from the size of it, was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier.

3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?
40 years
4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?


5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?



6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?
was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.

7. Who was his enemy?


8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?


9. What did he do once he had taken this form
stephanie n wilsy

chocolated3light said...

1. Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?
Because they haven’t been around for many years and were thought to be in extinction.

2. What size is the cat?
Judging by the paw print, it is known that it was left by a large cat.

3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?
it hasn’t been seen here for the last century.

4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?
Because he proclaimed the 2005 as the year of the jaguar

5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?
I MEANS

screw u tom said...

1.Es extraño viendo un jaguar en America sur-oeste..por que en los 60's y 70' habia gente casondo jaguars.Tambien la populacion de los jaguar estaba en peligro por k mantaron la mayoria de los jaguars. 2.El jaguar pesa 150 libras y el jaguar es muy grande.

3.El primer jaguar k fue encatrado fuerte en 2001 pero tuvo unos 16(1986) años sin ver un jaguar en esa aria.

4.Vicente Fox se embruluko en este problema para ayudar el jaguar k no este peligor de extinsion.Tambien le dio un rancho en de 10,000 acre en sonora.

5.Esta phrase significa que los jaguars nunca van a morir que ellos siempre van a estar vivo.

Part 2

6.Tezcatilipocas was central

luis m said...

1. the answer is.;...

Szz25 said...

1.Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?
1.Because they were thought to be around for many years but they were thought to be extinction.

2. What size is the cat?


Sz-ann.and {juan}

la Rose said...

1. Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?

The paw print, judging from the size of it, was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier. Emil McCain kneels over it in the sandy bottom of an Arizona canyon a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border.

2. What size is the cat?

The print is huge, four-toed and without claws, like that of a large mountain lion. But the heel pad is too big for a mountain lion, the toes too close to the back pad.
3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?
During the next 25 years, only two jaguars were documented in the United States, both killed: a large male shot in 1971 near the Santa Cruz River by two teenage duck hunters, and another male cornered by hounds in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in 1986.

4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?
In March 2003, a Mexico City-based conservation organization called Naturalia purchased a 10,000-acre ranch in Sonora to serve as the core of a private jaguar reserve. Mexican president Vicente Fox proclaimed 2005 the year of the jaguar, and an international convention was held in October on management of the cat.

5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?
This site changed the way we think about jaguars in the Southwest," McCain says as he changes the batteries in a camera. "More jaguar photographs have been taken at this spot than in all of the Southwest since the 1950s. This site alone shows these animals are not transients."

Go to this article on Aztec mythology in Wikipedia, and read the
sections entitled: "Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl" and "Mythical
Stories"

6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?
was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife

7. Who was his enemy?
Necoc Yaotl

8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?
When depicted he was usually drawn with a black and a yellow stripe painted across his face. He is often shown with his right foot replaced with an obsidian mirror or a snake

9. What did he do once he had taken this form?
The Tezcatlipoca figure goes back to earlier Mesoamerican deities worshipped by the Olmec and Maya. Similarities exist with the patron deity of the K'iche' Maya as described in the Popol Vuh. A central figure of the Popol Vuh was the god Tohil whose name means "obsidian" and who was associated with sacrifice. Also the Classic Maya god of rulership and thunder known to modern Mayanists as "God K", or the "Manikin Scepter" and to the classic Maya as K'awil was depicted with a smoking obsidian knife in his forehead and one leg replaced with a snake[4]


Read the entry for 'Jaguars' in this article on the Olmecs and answer:

1. What are the functions of the jaguar in their mythology?


2. Since the jaguar in their mythology is actually a god in the form of a
beast, what do you suppose is actually happening in this picture?


Read the following story called 'El Origen de los Felinos' and answer:

1. Where is this story from?


2. How are the Yanomani's ideas about the jaguar similar to the Maya
or Olmec?


3. What happens to jaguar at the end of the story?


4. What is the similarity between Tezcatlipoca, and the Yanomani's
jaguar in the story?



2. What size is the cat?


3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?


4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?


5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?


Go to this article on Aztec mythology in Wikipedia, and read the
sections entitled: "Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl" and "Mythical
Stories"

6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?


7. Who was his enemy?


8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?


9. What did he do once he had taken this form?


Read the entry for 'Jaguars' in this article on the Olmecs and answer:

1. What are the functions of the jaguar in their mythology?


2. Since the jaguar in their mythology is actually a god in the form of a
beast, what do you suppose is actually happening in this picture?

cynthia said...

katherines and carmen and luz

1. Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?
Es raro encontrar un jaguar en América southwest por los mataron a todos

2. What size is the cat?
The cat, about 150 pounds and groggy from feeding, allowed himself to be videotaped for an hour. a male weighing between 130 and 150 pounds and later dubbed Macho A
3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?
a large male shot in 1971 near the Santa Cruz River by two teenage duck hunters, and another male cornered by hounds in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in 1986.

4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?


5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?


Go to this article on Aztec mythology in Wikipedia, and read the
sections entitled: "Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl" and "Mythical
Stories"

6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?


7. Who was his enemy?


8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?


9. What did he do once he had taken this form?


Read the entry for 'Jaguars' in this article on the Olmecs and answer:

1. What are the functions of the jaguar in their mythology?


2. Since the jaguar in their mythology is actually a god in the form of a
beast, what do you suppose is actually happening in this picture?


Read the following story called 'El Origen de los Felinos' and answer:

1. Where is this story from?


2. How are the Yanomani's ideas about the jaguar similar to the Maya
or Olmec?


3. What happens to jaguar at the end of the story?


4. What is the similarity between Tezcatlipoca, and the Yanomani's
jaguar in the story?

TuTi said...

1)Because people thought they were extinct.
2)Very large
3)40 years
4)Because he proclaimed the 2005 as the year of the jaguar
5) i dont noe
6)He was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.
7)Necoc Yaotl
8)When depicted he was usually drawn with a black and a yellow stripe painted across his face. He is often shown with his right foot replaced with an obsidian mirror or a snake

popeskinny said...

1. THE reason why it is strange to see jaugars are because back 9in the days hunters had threaten the so no the probably traveled some where else
2. the size of the cat is 130,150.
3. it has been approximetly 25 to0 40 years
4. i think the president of mexico is trying his best in trying to prevent the hunting of jaguar
5. because it is a secure site for those who are supporting the secureing of big cats
6. he is the gay who found the first 2 cats.no
7. his enemy was

jeffreyM y kevinW said...

1.because the jaguar lives in the rainforest in south america and is rare in the american soutwest and the rest of america.
2.The size of trhe cat is big almost 1 and a half feet long is the paw and the cat is 6 feet long,like a mountain lion.
3.40 years
4.the cat was in mexico.

Kiara La Loca said...

1.I think is strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest because they thought jaguar were extinct.
2.The print is huge, four-toed and without claws, like that of a large mountain lion
3.40 years
4.Mexican president Vicente Fox is involve because he proclaimed 2005 the year of the jaguar, and an international convention was held in October on management of the cat.
5.this means the the jaugar are always going to be alive they will never be extinct
6.was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.

ghanaoheema said...

#1. the reason why it is strange to see the jaguer in the american south west is becuase it has been extinct, due to people hunting them.
#2the size of the cat is The print is huge, four-toed and without claws, like that of a large mountain lion. But the heel pad is too big for a mountain lion, the toes too close to the back pad.
and it The cat, about 150 pounds and groggy from feeding, allowed himself to be videotaped for an hour.
#3 About 40 years..

Yancarlos El InFame said...

Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?

The paw print, judging from the size of it, was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier. Emil McCain kneels over it in the sandy bottom of an Arizona canyon a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border.

2. What size is the cat?

The print is huge, four-toed and without claws, like that of a large mountain lion. But the heel pad is too big for a mountain lion, the toes too close to the back pad.
3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?
During the next 25 years, only two jaguars were documented in the United States, both killed: a large male shot in 1971 near the Santa Cruz River by two teenage duck hunters, and another male cornered by hounds in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in 1986.

4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?
In March 2003, a Mexico City-based conservation organization called Naturalia purchased a 10,000-acre ranch in Sonora to serve as the core of a private jaguar reserve. Mexican president Vicente Fox proclaimed 2005 the year of the jaguar, and an international convention was held in October on management of the cat.

5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?
This site changed the way we think about jaguars in the Southwest," McCain says as he changes the batteries in a camera. "More jaguar photographs have been taken at this spot than in all of the Southwest since the 1950s. This site alone shows these animals are not transients."

Go to this article on Aztec mythology in Wikipedia, and read the
sections entitled: "Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl" and "Mythical
Stories"

6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?
was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife

7. Who was his enemy?
Necoc Yaotl

8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?
When depicted he was usually drawn with a black and a yellow stripe painted across his face. He is often shown with his right foot replaced with an obsidian mirror or a snake

9. What did he do once he had taken this form?
The Tezcatlipoca figure goes back to earlier Mesoamerican deities worshipped by the Olmec and Maya. Similarities exist with the patron deity of the K'iche' Maya as described in the Popol Vuh. A central figure of the Popol Vuh was the god Tohil whose name means "obsidian" and who was associated with sacrifice. Also the Classic Maya god of rulership and thunder known to modern Mayanists as "God K", or the "Manikin Scepter" and to the classic Maya as K'awil was depicted with a smoking obsidian knife in his forehead and one leg replaced with a snake[4]

Stefanie said...

1.It was strange because people thought they were extinted when they really werent.

2.judging by the paw print its known that it was a large cat

3.It was 40 years

4.Because he thought the year 2005 was the yard of the jaguar.

{Stefanie. and Matthew.}

Crystal B said...

1. the answer
2. the answer was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier

Crystal B said...

1. the answer
2. the answer was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier

jalittle said...

1.They may have caught a third animal on film—the cat appears differently patterned than the others. If it is a female, it would be the first one known in the United States in 40 years. It's possible the cats were here all along, unnoticed, or they may be visitors from Mexico. It's also possible that jaguars are returning to—and breeding in—the United States.


2.The paw print, judging from the size of it, was left by a large cat just a day or two earlier.


3.40 years
4.
5.
6.he was a central deity in Aztec religion, associated with a wide range of concepts including; the night sky, the night winds, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, sorcery, beauty, war and strife.

Kerin said...

1. the answers. 1. It was strange to see the jagura in the American Southwest was becaues more jaguare photographs have been taken at this spot then in all of the Southwest since the 1950s. 2. The size of the cat was large .3It has been 25 years, only two was jaguars were seen since the last one was seen in the U.S. 4.

Vanessa said...

1}why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?
In 1963,a hunter in Arizona's white mountains shot a female the last of her sex to be documented in U.S.A.two years later,the last legally killed jaguar,a male,was taken by a deer hunter with no females,there was little hope the population could rebound.

2}What size is the cat?
130 to 150 pounds

3}How long has it been since the last one was seen in the U.S?
It has been 25 years since we've seen jaguars.

4}How is Mexican president Vincent Fox involved?
He proclaimed 2005 the year of the jaguar,and an international convention as held in October on management of the cat.

5}What is meant by the phrase "this site alone shows these animals are not transients?
i think this means that people think the jaguars are going to die out in these area,but they are not.

6}Who was Tezcatlipoca?
Tezcatlipoca was another important god of the aztecs.

7}Who was his enemy?
Tezcatlipoca's enemy was Quetzalcoatl.

8}What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to protect himself?
one animal form was a jaguar and in this form he was called Tepeyollotl.

9}What did he do once he had taken this form?
Once he took this form he destroyed the world.

Vanessa said...

1}Where is th story from?
The story is from Chile.

2}How are the Yanomani's ideas about the jaguar similar to the Maya or Olmec?
????I don't know????

3}What happens to jaguar at the end of the story?
Jaguar gets cornered so he goes up at the top of a tree and gets shot in the leg and told that now he has learned a lesson,he shouldn't eat humans or dogs.He could only eat the other animals.The man that God created sent him to the jungle where he lives.

4}What is the similarity between Tezcatlipoca and the Yanomanil's jaguar in the story?
The similarity is that god doesn't want the jaguar to know how to make humans and that the shouldn't eat humans.