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Cihuamiztontli by SaiyaGina Cihuamiztontli by SaiyaGina

Cat Lady (literally)

I'm not a genius in nahuatl language =B, this is a bit old artwork, from last april.

This is my contribution for :iconkingdom-carousel:'s Charity Artbook, I'm so glad to be part of this book, and all entries look so amazing that I'm a bit ashamed of now doing something as awesome as them =P

I never did something prehispanic related, it was so fun to play drawing the jaguar, ocelot, axolotl and quetzal, proudly mexicans! I wondered how Mexico would be today without being conquered by Spain (A major chaos, you shouldn't keep animals that big in that room!)

I really liked my drawing, but just after sending it to print it, I didn't like the composition, hahaha too much dead space in the upper part =S

Artwork © Gina Chacón
Done in SAI and Photoshop CS2
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015   General Artist
Beautiful work!~
Jordytheredfox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the fact of not being conquered would destroy the enemies of the aztec empire :hmm:

México is diverse, Purépecha in Michoacán, Mixteco/Zapoteco in Oaxaca and Maya in Yucatán :meow: Not only Nahua/Aztec in whole country...

In fact, México would be shorter than actually is because the Aztec empire was only in center :)

Spain helped a lot all the indigenous cultures in whole México :)

Great art, by the way, i love it :clap:
Oce02 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wrong! Mexico is in the state it is right now thanks to the Spanish invasion, after the destruction of its ceremonial centers, being robed and slaughtered, the Natives (indigenous is a wrong term, born from the word Indian) were enslaved and forced to adopt a foreign religion and language... just saying. 
Jordytheredfox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

But nothing of those things were made for real :meow: That was a silly thing which the another empires made all people believe, the "leyenda negra".

If we see the laws in which the New Spain was made, they actually were very good for the indigenous peole :meow:

And "indigenous" or "indians" is a correct term :meow: The continent in that times was called "Indias occidentales" in Spanish or in english "West indies" :meow:

Until the XIX siècle was changed the name :)

About the religion, many of the indigenous people were OK with that because the catholic religion was about "be good with your friends and too with your enemies".

The Spanish people only arrived to help the slaves of the Aztec empire destroy them. Besides, the aztec religion always wanted kill people, and the christian nope, so then, all the indigenous people wanted to convert to the catholic religion.

When million of people did that, that amazed the european people and the Pope of that time forbade the Spanish people to slave them because they could understand who was "the true god".

Besides, the Queen, Isabel Iª of Castille made a royal decree which said: "Spaniards must marry with the indies' woman and the male indigenous with the spanish women".

Nobody forced the fact of adopt a foreign religion (only the aztecs were angry about that), and since then and in now days, many most-native culture are very catholic.

The genocide of the indigenous culture started after the independence and little First Mexican Empire (1821) and since the First Mexican Republic (1824) until the "Law of protection of the indigenous languages and culture" (1994), their culture and languages were tried to kill many times :meow:

But I keep saying i like the drawing :)
Oce02 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You clearly are an Hispanista... I see how much you love spain from what you write, sadly that also reflects your ignorance on the matter.

First spaniards where severely abusive to the natives, and what we now know as America (continent) had many names before the invaders appeared, for example, what is now Mexico was called Cem Anahuac "the one world" the fact that the natives did not call themselves "indians" ( and still don't) shows how wrong you are about that.

About the religion... did you not read my previous comment? hahaha seriously, the natives where forced ( they were physically and emotionally hurt until they converted) they did not want the invaders religion, they still don't.

The "aztecs" (as you wrongfully continue to call them... the correct name is MEXICA) did not have slaved nations under them, they had commercial treaties and they became powerful because they had the man power to travel to far away lands to trade. The Mexica religion was one of spirituality and self improvement, the human sacrifices up to today are only a myth, it has not been proven to be a fact, and as for Christianity... the only thing that they did was kill under the excuse that it was "Gods" comand, do you know about the crusades? the Genocide they committed in the Americas happened when the spaniards came, they did not care to preserve the natives, they wanted land and gold, nothing more.

You must live under a rock!... You clearly are not Mexican... (if you are I feel bad for your ignorance) I have studied the history of my country for two decades, I know facts, you seem to know some sort of "painted pink" version told by the invaders..... all the things that you said make me laugh.
Jordytheredfox Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, i'm an hispanista :)

*reads all*

Oquey... let's see this... ¿Have you readed the "Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias"? or even the royal decrees of the Spanish empire under all the viceroyalties?

And about "Aztecs", they had many names, even "Mexicas/Mejicas", and the current one for the ethnia in México is "Nahua" :)



Seriously... You can't deny the fact of the sacrifices, and the "spirituality and self improvement", ¿Do you know that is an occidental thing? That wasn't even know until the 1900 and the persons who tried to save the "native" culture until the revolucionary and pre-revolucionary period in México :nod:

Anyway. I am Méxican, i don't know where you say i am not :?

I speak Spanish, Náhuatl and many other little languages.

I've read many books of both sences, and honestly i see many errors in the story when "the bad spaniards destroyed the americas"... That's not true... The facts speaks for their own.

The most pure indigenous in the current country are the most catholic people in México, many traditions of the indigenous people and more are not only Spanish, but Hispanic... the most common mexican traditions appears in whole Spanish América, Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines.

I've readed many laws from the Spanish empire and clearly and obviously México and all the Américas and East Indies weren't a colony.

The indians, the mestizos, castiços, criollos and mulatos had representation in the courts and in theyr territories, things that the US, Brazil or the another colonies didn't had in their mother countries.

... And actually, this isn't funny :meow: I mean, maybe you laugh because you don't know the other side of the story, good day :)
Oce02 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Interesting... you say you are Mexican? well then, you are part of the people that love kissing Spaniards asses, what a shame. Just like those people that are catholic in Mexico, they think that their religion came from Spain but in reality it is from the middle east, that is how much they really know. Also, self improvement was not restricted to occidental countries, that is how much you really know about the Meshikas (that is actual pronunciation).

You must have your head inside a hole in the ground, the Spaniards did nothing to save anyone but their country and their king from going broke. Cortes himself said it, he and his men had an "illness" of the heart that can only be cured with gold, do you know what that is called? its called greed.

It is funny because you think you know facts but all you know are lies and wrong information, I bet you anything that your sources are all spaniards, now for someone who reads a lot your orthography is terrible, I would not mind switching to spanish, that way I can school you really good. 
Jordytheredfox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
¿Do you know Spanish? I would like more to talk in it if i'm talking with a Méxican :meow:

Anyway, let's behave like both adults, please ;)


Look, the catholic church is from Papal States being geografically correct, but was created by palestinian-jews who left the country and went to the Roman empire and things, that's not my hard topic :)

Anyway, it's "mexicas" pronounced like "mejicas", you know i'm studying the mexican dialect and nahuatl language and for true the "x" have the "j" sound in many words considering that the "sh" sound doesn't exist in Spanish, or at least not showed at all in the orthography :nod:

But let's see, you said "you are part of the people that love kissing Spaniards asses", well, i'm proudly a mestizo from a Zapotec indigenous from my mother and Spanish side from my father, i love many cultures of México and i'm learning Nahuatl, Maya, Zapotec and Otomí along with Cathalan, Vasque and Gallego :meow:

I'm only talking about the correct information, if you don't believe it, i don't have problems with that:

First: México didn't existed in that time, it was only Maya countries, Azteca Empire, Zapotec and Mixtec countries and the Purépecha empire. 

Second: México was created along with the Spanish and indigenous culture in 1531 and next years.

Third: Spanish people didn't killed a lot of indigenous people, that were themselves when the maya, tlaxcallan, purépecha (natural enemy of aztecs) and local tribes attacked the Aztec empire along with like ~300 Spanish men?

Fourth: The Spanish, French and more or less the Portuguese people created laws protecting the Indigenous people, I'm totally sure if you SEEK for them, you will find them and you will read more than magazines, newspaper or the little books of the goverment ;)

Fifth: The Spanish crown didn't stealed ALL the aurum, that were the English people when all countries were independized. Besides, all countries non-catholic did the genoside and killed all the natives: (Just look USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia; Specially look for Australia).

Anyway, my orthography in english is indeed bad, but i speak many languages more than only it, sorry if that bothers thee ^^;

But i still saying, greetings and have a nice day :D
bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
This so cute! This would be me. ....if I was Mexican. ALL THE PETS!!!! Rage :squee: 
HANVII82 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful work of art :heart:w:heart:
Great job :love:
Saaally Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
meow *O*
WarHexpod Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Anyways this is a beautiful picture, the lighting is fantastic. c: I love the big cat's expression. Amazing work on the girl too :D
Aztecatl13 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
the 'salamander fish thing' is called an axolotl. ;) 
X-R1 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014
And that animal has a secret: The fountain of youth

And one more secret: the recovery of paralysis and recovery of body parts.

As people without arms or feet
That people who lost their feet or arms, could recover for themselves in the future

Scientists try to unravel the mystery of how to do it, but now that animal is in danger there are only a few in Mexico
WarHexpod Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Haha thanks! Sorry I saw the name like one time and forgot.
coricancha Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
present day Aztec girl. Pretty cool!
StellaMay2807 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Perfect scenery-ish drawing! Love the positions of the animals. Jaguar, Ocelot and Axolotl? :heart: :la:
HR-MAXEM Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sin exagerar.....this is one of the most beautiful illustrations and "imaginings" of what the Aztec world would be today, that I have ever seen!!  I wish you could do a series of what other pre-hispanic nations (Olmec, Zapotec, Mayan, etc) would be like in this imaginary historical tangent... Make twelve of them and you got an amazing calendar that EVERY MEXICAN including me would love to buy and give away as present!!  Awesome Art, I just became a fan!
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Habodea Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Asombroso!! me gustó mucho!
sakura-ino-hinata Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
El axolotl fue mi detalle favorito. En verdad me encantó tu trabajo :)
sxhi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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Melanyey19 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How in the world can i have this as a poster!?! It's amazing!
10animallover10 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
looks pretty! very detailed and I love the lighting and colors too
sapphirexmanga Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Artist
AMAZING La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
huggaholic Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!! Beautiful animals :D
Kanonumino Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
ahhh esta super padre, me encantaron los detalles como el de la pecera con el axolotl Felicidades :)
Salachii Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
TsukiNoMilkshake Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Me encanta la idea de una evolución mexicana sin la intromisión de España =)
grayhill Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your painting is amazing!!! I love the beautiful curious eyes of the jaguar :heart:
Hukkelberg Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
skajfsdkjgsd oh my god!

I am swooning! This is wonderful! I saw it and just knew it was going to my favourites! Great job!
6inTruder Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
That's not "dead space", that's "World Building." ;)
Savachika Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Awesome! I like girl's outfit, Aztec references but kitties the most!
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful I really like this piece. Wonderful work.
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Great pic, but the axolotls just make this for me.
Radu-B Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. At first I thought this was a sci-fi setting and she was showing them something on a tablet, but then I saw the city in the background...

You are very talented.
Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist
This is AWESOME!!

-realmente un favorito a primera vista! ^-^
octopod42 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Tank full of happy axolotls!

I mean, this is more generally awesome -- the aesthetics are very well thought through -- but I just keep coming back to the wall aquarium with the happy little axolotls and going <3 <3 <3
popurii Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so wonderful!! <3
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TheSkullyCat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
es genial! mi comentario es que me gustaron mucho los colores una perfecta mezcla entre colores frios y calidos, el dibujo se me figura a la vida de México en el futuro (que jamás tendremos :_:) pero bueno, está hermoso
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You wonderful art work has been featured in my March 2013 [link] journal.
MarieDubois Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Lunalaef Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excelente trabajo, me encantan todos los detalles que le has puesto
yusefth Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Digital Artist
La escena es espectacular!
javgloria Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW !!!
dandelion-four Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
loving this so much
Temaire Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brave birds! LOL
Damanyel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
OMG!! the axolotl are so cute!!! the whole thing is wonderful but they made me extra happy.
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