“There are friends who will follow you and know of your darkest desires, they will share them and will do whatever it takes to rescue you from the hell you are going through”The Messenger
By Ariadne Gallardo Figueroa
What is known today as Aljezur, could have been the place where the 8 shipwrecked friends were, their path was still extremely uncertain to decide what was the best they could do, but one of their most avid demons (hangover) made his way between They had become accustomed to getting alcohol easily, and thus calm all the anguish of their unfortunate lives, with the water from the coconuts they felt a little relief and entering the middle of the space full of vegetation gave them a gift with a stream gave them water Evaristo put it in a bowl over the fire with an herb that calmed nausea and storms of the soul; He manages to find a remedy for the ills of each of his friends.
All suffered from absences, resentments, hatreds, rejections, mistreatment and that vital space where life occurred naturally was a good companion for each of them, they found on the beach a rock that they baptized with their beliefs, the Catholics that there were 4, they prayed to him considering it a temple of their God in the middle of nowhere, and those who were not saw it as the fortification where their soul found peace and for that reason they gave it among them the name most similar to the hangover:
As the days went by, they began to plan if that place was a good place to settle, but the adventurer’s soul is not retained by anyone and most, even recognizing the impossibility, knew that one day they would leave forever the lands where they were born; That spice place was promising and without knowing their luck, they all decided that they would soon find a way to get on a boat that would take them to another place where they could forget all the pain and start over.
The men learned that their secrets and their misfortunes were part of the group, between vomiting and tears of bitter memories, there were no promises between them, simply a solid friendship that by chance of fate had led them to be strong to face each one. others, and understand their misfortune and be in solidarity.
The conch that sank into the sea carried a promise, that marked a life cycle between stories that had not been told and that was not alien to Dayami; for the Nahuatl, the symbol of the conch is very significant, it is part of a message and a special dialogue.
As a symbol to summon people, the conch was one of the most recognized objects in all of Mesoamerica, there is even the ancestral legend of Tecuciztécatl (“the originator of the place of the great sea snail”), a mythical character who competed with Nanahuatzin to light the world. His indecision prevented him from being the Sun, but, by belatedly incinerated on the Teotihuacan pyre, he achieved the dignity of becoming the Moon.
It was not then irrelevant to consider that the conch released by Javier would form a special spectrum that Erandi would soon have news of, without knowing with certainty from where the holders of the “Pact with the Snail” would arrive, the story would be written in the pages of the secret book. of the priestess of the Ometeotl temple.
Life puts you before beings that can change the course of your life forever even without you realizing it or knowing it for sure.
Photograph by Leapin Liz, Brisbane, Australia: “The Hangover Temple”
Leonardo López Luján. Doctor in archaeology from the Université de Paris Nanterre and director of the Templo Mayor Project, INAH. Simon Martin. Doctor in Archaeology from the University College London and associate curator of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. López Luján, Leonardo and Simon Martin, “The monumental snails of the sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan”, Mexican Archeology, no. 160, pp. 26-35, Full text in print and digital editions. https://raices.com.mx/tienda/revistas-mexico-en-1519-AM160https://raices.com.mx/tienda/revistas-mexico-en-1519-AM160-digital