The Spanish’s’ main goal was trying to get the Aztec people to subdue to their demands, both in a spiritual and physical conquest. During the colonizing of the Aztecs, the Spanish were trying to impose the religion that they had brought over which was Christianity and tried to get the Aztecs to stop worshipping to their Goddess. One particular scene that shows Spanish colonialism is when the Aztecs are sacrificing a young woman to the Goddess by taking out her heart, then they were caught in the act by the Spanish and Father Friar Diego. Following that scene, Topiltzin is laying in front of the Goddess statue, when it is thrown over and is destroyed and then replaced with the statue of the Virgin Mary. This specific scene displays the Spanish superiority over the Aztecs, both in the physical world and as well in the spiritual world.
However, the question still remains to this day, was the US justified in going to war with Mexico? Justified means to have good reason or be right about a decision. Did the US have good reason to start a war with Mexico? As far as the US-Mexican War is concerned the Americans did have appropriate causes for war. They 're acceptable reasons were Manifest Destiny, wanting to protect Texas, and the Mexicans ' strike on America because of a border dispute.
Our Lady of Guadalupe serves as a role model for many in today’s society. Numerous aspects of Mary’s life, most especially during her encounter in Guadalupe, Mexico to the poor Aztec Indian, Juan Diego, are so remarkable that they have increased my faith dramatically, as they show how she is present everyday in our lives and can appear to anyone, ranging from the rich to the poor. It is especially incredible that the Virgin Mary’s Tilma still looks brand new, without any fading, and it has been around since 1531. The movie shows the actual Tilma in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, and the Tilma still has vibrant colors and is intact.
However, after the Spanish invasion of the Aztec Empire, many Aztecs converted to Christianity, abandoning their old religion and beliefs. Human sacrifice therefore became an unethical act. Those who converted to Christianity had to review their moral codes and their ideas of right and wrong because one rigid moral code had been replaced with another. If it is possible to do this, then surely ethics cannot be a permanent construct and so flexibility is
The other conquest film is about the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and more specifically the indigenous Aztec people. However, the film is less focused on the physical conquest of the land and more focused on the conquest made by the catholic church. In other words, the film is more focused on the spiritual conquest of the Amerindians. The films main focus is on Friar Diego whose main mission is to convert the uncivilized Amerindians into civilized Christians. The main character is an Aztec man named Topilzin who is supposedly the son of the great Aztec leader Montezuma.
Neil Gaiman’s, American Gods, main purpose is to show that mythology is not a belief system that is related to unsophisticated cultures. In this novel the same questions, wants and beliefs that gave life to Odin, and all the other gods, are still found in society which causes people to worship material things the same way the older gods were worshipped. Just as people gave life to gods that control the forces of nature, modern people in the novel gave this power of worship to technology, which is personified in the form of Technical Boy and Media. By doing this, Gaiman shows the mythical side in American culture. Ultimately, Shadows road trip becomes a journey that explores the super natural.
Mother earth goddesses are important archetypes in Greek mythology. The two mother earth goddesses, Gaia and Demeter are somewhat similar but are interpreted in distinct ways that offers some explanations of the universe today. In her myth, Gaia is interpreted as a feminist, who is the Earth itself and it is from her that all life is sprang. Demeter is interpreted using the etiological approach. Demeter was the mother of nature because she was associated with the fertility of Earth.
Even though they were portrayed as being evil, they were able to prophecies about the future just as God is able to see our future. For example the sisters told Banquo that his descendants will become great and will increase in number. You can also compare this with Noah in the bible when God told him that his descendants will amount to the number of stars in the sky. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2.
When Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, a string of ruthless dictators and weak presidents made Mexico an easy target for its powerful neighbor, the United States. The US swooped in to expand its territory and its popular institution of slavery. By doing so, the US started a war with Mexico that was justified for illegitimate reasons. The Mexican-American War was not justified because the US took Mexico’s land for the expansion of slavery, and justified their taking advantage of Mexico when it was politically weak by hiding behind Manifest Destiny.
The rendition of the Virgin of Guadalupe Flanked by Saint John and Juan Diego validated the legend of the “original” Virgin by acknowledging the healing history this icon by placing Diego along with a Saint exhibiting its protecting nature to the inherent peoples. Peterson continues to say this would lead to an important first step of associating Mexico with the biblical New Jerusalem creating a stable religious-political foundation for more independent peoples. Although, these people would be continue to be viewed in jaded light for the colonials had a strong sense of class stratification that weighed heavily on race versus worth. Virgin of Guadalupe Venerated by Juan Diego and the Indian display the Indian as a reincarnate of a noble savage causing a disjointed understanding of the proper place in the caste. The Virgin was converted to a national emblem after it is believed that after widespread prayer she stopped a plague that was rapidly killing almost 100,000 proving her efficacy although who is to say that the widespread illness had already run
Guadalupe’s identity is related to all of her children “She does not make a preferential option for the Spanish conquerors, the Mexican nation, or even the indigenous” (Cross 118). What this is saying is the Guadalupe doesn’t want to be a mother to certain children she wants to be the mother of all children. Through the covenants it is shown that Guadalupe has a more formal argument. The main transformation of the Guadalupe covenant is seeing ourselves and others. Guadalupe tells her covenant has everlasting love within each and every one of us.
Another religious aspect that colors the accounts of Spanish writers is their belief that their actions were divinely inspired, or guided by God. Bernal Diaz once wrote after the battle at Santa Maria de La Victoria that he believed that God was with them. Diaz wrote, “I say that all our doings and our victories are at the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The disgust at human sacrifice, the misunderstanding of native religious beliefs, the idea that the natives had to be converted, and the belief that the Conquest was divinely approved, all influenced how the Spaniards perceived the