The Eagle's Gift Setting & Symbolism

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The Atlanteans

A row of four colossal (15 feet high, 3 feet across) figures carved in basalt, "The Atlanteans," stand atop a pyramid in Tula, Hidalgo, near Mexico City, once the epicenter of the Toltec Empire. Author Carlos Castaneda visits them just prior to the beginning of this book, and is most impressed, but wonders about legends of their walking at night, making the ground shake. Pablito is certain that this is true.

The Atlanteans depict Toltec warriors carrying war paraphernalia. Pablito believes that they are "mannish women," placed atop the structure to support it rather than at the base. They are the four corners, four winds, and four directions. They are "nagual" and dreamers, representing "the order of the second attention brought forward." They are creatures of war but not of destruction. Twenty feet behind are four plain rectangular columns. The Atlanteans exists long before the Spaniards arrive.

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