Cholula (11)


Source: Photograph by WTL© (2009) on site in Cholula, Puebla, México.
Image: Telephoto view of the church seen in the lower center of the previous photo (Cholula 10).
Comments: Modern Cholulans boast that their city has 365 churches. (This isn't true; by that I mean that, yes, Cholulans proudly assert such a statistic, but, while the city does have many Catholic churches, there are, in fact, many fewer churches in the city. It is to be noted, however, that when Cortés arrived here and fought a demonstration battle in which he massacred virtually the entire priestly and ruling classes, the pre-massacre cholultecas maintained that they too had 365 pyramids in their city-state.
Humanities Question
s: (A) Why 365? (B) What do you make of the fact (this is a fact) that both pre-Christian cholutecas and modern Cholulans both held this fact as if it were actually true? (C) What do you make of the fact that the largest building you can see in this photo is a massive church complex?