This two meter tall stela is the most well known stela of Santos Reyes Nopala. In one hand the priest holds a knife and in the other a sacrificed heart or an offering of some type. Image of Priest cropped but not altered in any way, (3.3 MB).
This stela is in the museum and has since been repaired but I will use these old photos. The new lighting of the stela provides for a low qualitiy image, at least on my camera. The stela was found in El Zanate, Santos Reyes Nopala. According to the museum display, the stela shows clearly that the Nopala area had contact with the culture of Teotihuacan around 250-600 CE. The female in the stela is associated with the Goddess Xochiquetzal, a goddess associated with concepts of fertility, beauty, and female sexual power, serving as a protector of young mothers and a patroness of pregnancy, childbirth, and the crafts practised by women such as weaving and embroidery. Top Image of Yuu cropped but not altered in any way, (3.3 MB). Bottom Image of Yuu cropped but not altered in any way, (3.4 MB).
There is a Chatino legend that their people originally came from the sea. The drawing to the right or below of a sea monster is a copy of the hard to see stela. Sea creature, (883 kB), the photo is cropped but not altered in any way. The next time I go to Nopala, I will try to get a better photo.
The stela below or to the right is located on the outside wall of the old Catholic church. Inside the church is another stela or lintel behind one of the saint statues.
If you are interested in learning more about Santos Reyes Nopala, you might want to visit: Santos Reyes Nopala, a day trip and Santa Lucía Teotepec Nopala.
Photos taken by Marc Wilkinson. I, the copyright holder, hereby publish these photos under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).