Many of the world's civilizations preserve phenomena that recur with a constancy explicable only over time. Mexican civilization, a product of the synthesis of two rich and unique cultures, is one of them. Mexicans are heirs equally and in similar proportions to both, their Spanish and indigenous legacy; as much to pre-Hispanic gods as to Spanish Catholicism. The architectural remains of both cultures gaze skyward, seeking to touch the heavens from their firm foundations in this world. Settled in what is today the modern states of Veracruz, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas and part of Puebla, the Totonacs developed a culture of such vitality that it is still alive today. The explanation may lie in their smile, a durable and constant feature evincing the inner equilibrium of a people who found harmony in life and death. Eloquent testimony to this is preserved in the offering of smiling faces to Mictlantecuhtli, god of the underworld, found at the archaeological zone of El Zapotal. This is the same cosmic equilibrium evident in the cult of the god of thunder, Tajin, god of hurricanes who like Tlaloc, Chaac or Cocijo, calls forth rain and life from atop a pyramid. The astronomical precision of it 365 niches attests to the cosmic harmony of its architectural design. This book is testimony to the grandeur and endurance of that civilization, still present in the Mexico of today. The Huastec and Totonac World is another contribution by Grupo Financiero Inverlat to the dissemination of knowledge about Mexico's vast cultural wealth.
There is some shelve wear to the dust jacket, but the book is internally in a very nice and clean condition.