Every March 21 the archaeological zones of Mexico are saturated indiscriminately by people who think that on this date their spirits and bodies will be filled with “cosmic” energy because of the celebration of the spring equinox. This idea is based on the idea that the original inhabitants of these towns celebrated rituals on the occasion of this event. The truth is that in the prehispanic era the equinox of spring had very different meanings to those that today are intended to give. The pre-Hispanic worldview was very different, the life of the ancient Mexicans was intimately linked to the physical changes of nature and the consequences of them. Hence the celebration on this date that opened the doors to agricultural production in this new cycle of life.
Currently, the celebration has become a kind of mass assistance to the archaeological zones in which according to a survey I conducted on March 21, 2000, 2009 and 2015, in Chichen Itza, Tula and Teotihuacan respectively, a large percentage of the attendees (the vast majority), ignored the essential reason for their visit to this event. The most frequent answer to the question: what is the reason why he attends this site ?, was “we come to take energy”.
Energy ?, Where ?, How ?, Why? The reality is that to these questions almost nobody managed to respond coherently. There are groups of people or individuals that assist with a more conscious sense.
I consider that Teotihuacan, due to its importance, transcendence, location and dimensions, is a referential example in which we can locate common and general aspects of what happens in the rest of the archaeological sites on this date.
What really happens in Teotihuacan every March 21?
* As of March 20, groups of people arrive in the vicinity and establish where they are allowed camping tents in order to spend the night there and be the first to enter the site the next day. This would not have anything special if it were not for the increase in the cases in which acts of violence and urban disorder are unleashed caused by the consumption of alcohol and not in a few occasions drug.
* Very early, in the early hours of March 21, endless caravans of cars and buses full of strollers eager to “get charged with energy, which causes the typical tripartism of excessive traffic in the town of San Juan Teotihuacan begin to arrive. it is overwhelmingly surpassed in its capacities and spaces to house such a large number of motor vehicles and, of course, people.
* Some residents of this town take advantage of the occasion to make vintages of food, drinks and all kinds of “souvenirs”
* There are also plenty of “improvised shamans” who dress (according to them), in the prehispanic way they make those who accept them “spiritual cleanses” so that their reception of energy in the pyramid is more “pure”. Of course, this is done in exchange for a certain economic remuneration. The aspect of deception and charlatanism in these events is never missing.
* Alcohol and drugs make their appearance and take center stage among some (not a few) regular visitors to these celebrations. There is no need to describe the consequences of this.
* The interior of the sites is saturated. The capacities of the services are exceeded, although exceptional measures are implemented, such as the installation of portable restrooms, aid and first aid posts and the number of guards is considerably increased, all this becomes insufficient and, of course, it becomes dangerous.
* The ancestral structures suffer serious damage and deterioration due to the number of people accessing them and also due to the irresponsibility actions of many of the attendees who ignore the restrictive measures and of some others who come to commit atrocious acts such as “graffiti” walls or engrave letters and signs on the walls.
* According to official figures from the National Institute of Anthropology and History, on March 21, 2018, just over 400,000 people arrived in Teotihuacan and it was calculated that the average time an individual took from the time of entry into the archaeological zone until it reached the summit of the Pyramid of the Sun, it was three hours! -All be for “charging energy” –
In the end it is not possible for the authorities to close a public site, patrimony of all Mexicans and in this case of humanity. Personally I think that under these circumstances the so-called energy intake is a myth. It is a relatively new and ideal custom for lovers of public and mass events but it is far from what the original inhabitants practiced. Here the protagonists are the party and the “desmadre”, the walk with friends or with the family, displacing the essential mystical and spiritual sense that the Teotihuacan expressed. Here and now what matters is to take advantage of the official day of rest, get up very early and travel to Teotihuacan, spend at least one hour looking for where to leave the vehicle, another time to enter the site and another four more to climb to the top to pass there a maximum of 10 minutes or less, undertake the descent, sun, sweat, powder. Already outside take something refreshing, eat in a group and live a while. At night, get home and prepare for the daily tasks of the next day, exhausted and very tired. Ah, but that’s right … Well charged with energy!
And you … will you attend?