Camelid Sacrum Analysis

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Museum Label on the Camelid Sacrum of a Canine from Tequixquiac The Camelid Sacrum in the Shape of a Canine from Tequixquiac, Mexico represents some of the most prominent spiritual and reproductive beliefs held in the prehistoric Mesoamerican culture. Derived from the Latin phrase os sacrum (Latin for “sacred bone”), the sacrum and its location in the body were of immense cultural importance. The sacrum is located at the bottom of the spine, where it endures immense pressure as the main support for a seated human body. Adding on to its already important role in the body, the sacrum is surrounded by vital reproductive organs: the organs were of great significance to the Mesoamerican culture not just because of the organs’ reproductive abilities,

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