One of the things I’ve learned in my reading is that Carlos Fuentes wrote quite a few short stories. In fact, his first book was a collection of. Chac Mool has ratings and 20 reviews. Owlseyes said: Aztec chacmools bore water imagery and were associated with Tlaloc, the rain god. Their symbo. 9 Lesson Nine FOCUS: Symbolism “Chac-Mool” by Carlos Fuentes Symbols are persons, places, or things in a narrative that have significance beyond a literal.

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The diary tells the narrator that the secretary had bought an Aztec statue called Chac Mool he had chad hobby of collecting them which he took to his old house. To ask other readers questions about Chac Moolplease sign up. But just as traditional ways are threatened by modernity, Chac Mool is also vulnerable to the present: Scraping off the moss was fuents — it seemed to have become part of the stone already.

Jessica April 19, at 7: Aug 16, Madame added it. Gracias, estoy leyendo esta historia para mi clase de espanol y me ayuda mucho. Chac Mool becomes covered with moss. Trivia About Chac Mool.

“Chac-Mool” by Carlos Fuentes

Photo by Adriel A. Mar 10, Juan Cacho rated it really liked it. Anonymous April 18, at 8: Friendly first, the creature tells old stories of plants, deserts and equatorial rains to Filiberto…but it will become demanding, …slapping the house owner,…threatening him to kill him with carllos thunder ray.

He is sick of Chac Mool: The repeated appearance of an object suggests a non-literal, or figurative, meaning attached to the object. Posted by AP Spanish Literature at 8: Outlines are due at the next class.


Lists with This Book. Sandra rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Byron Deulofeu rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Jul 17, Owlseyes rated it liked it Shelves: Discuss what symbolic value this primitive stone figure has in the story. Who changes more, him or Filiberto? But then the past becomes his enemy. Filiberto discovers that in all this moisture, the stone idol seems to be turning into flesh — a rain god coming to life.

Chac Mool by Carlos Fuentes Translated by Jonah Katz

During the story Fuentes writes about his beliefs, his ideas about life about religion Christian which is normal. Books by Carlos Fuentes. A mild dark story with some interesting reflections on Mexico’s distant and more recent past.

Or the original Spanish text, here.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Their symbolism placed them on the frontier between the physical and supernatural realms, as intermediaries with the gods. I particularly like the tarted up Chac Mool at the end: Notify me of new comments via email.

Return to Book Page. He also has to run trips to get water; if he tries to flee, he will be struck down by Chac Mool, also god of lightening.

The craft of storytelling depends on symbols to present ideas and point toward new meanings. Both these rain gods are associated with human sacrifice the bowl the chacmool holds is often a cuauhxicalli: Activity Two – Symbols of Religion. Most frequently, a specific object will be used to refer to or symbolize a more abstract concept. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Filiberto discovers Chac Mool leaves the house at night to hunt for dogs, rats, and cats for food; later in the dry season, Filiberto is forced to order out rice with chicken.

Later, though, he notices the figure is the texture of flesh, of rubber, and that Chac Mool has hair on its arms.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I like the Chac mool at the end, too. Dec 12, Kasey Butler added it. He was married to film star Rita Macedo from tillalthough he was an habitual philanderer and allegedly, his affairs – which he claimed include film actresses such as Jeanne Moreau and Jean Seberg – brought her to despair.

“Chac-Mool” by Carlos Fuentes

The aspects of charity, love, and the other cheek, in turn, are rejected. The couple ended their relationship amid scandal when Fuentes eloped with a very pregnant and then-unknown journalist named Silvia Lemus.

By identifying and understanding symbols, readers can reveal new interpretations of the story. Filiberto is to be transferred in his coffin via truck, and the narrator is going to deliver him.

Body Biography — Julius Caesar. In he resigned as ambassador to France in protest over the appointment of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, former president of Mexico, as ambassador to Spain.