LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Aztec dancers knelt, swirled and stomped on the street. Others pounded drums and sounded shell trumpets. A woman held an incense burner above her, pointed it toward the sky and shook it in all directions around her.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered in a northeast Los Angeles intersection to honor what some refer to as the neighborhood’s most sacred mural.
Titled “Mexico-Tenochtitlan: The Wall That Talks,” the mural fuses Aztec, Mayan and Native American images in unity with one another. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent deity of Mesoamerican culture, winds his way through cultural icons like the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Mexico; the Aztec calendar; and Cesar Chavez, who led the farmworker movement in the