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Otomi Warrior Sketch

By Kamazotz
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I woke up way too early and did an early morning sketch to pass the time. Been up since 1 am my time.

Anyway, this is a sketch of an Hñähñú/Otomi warrior. The Hñähñú/Ototmies live/d a little north of the Aztecs across Central Mexico. They're people speak Hñähñú or Otomi, which is part of the Oto-Manguean language family. Prior to the arrival of the Nahuas to Central Mexico, it is believed that they were the original inhabitants of the region. They had become marginalized by the time of the Spanish invasion and displaced from their homelands. Some went on to join the Conquistadors conquests in northern Mexico against the "Chichimecs". The term Otomi comes from Nahuatl (Otomitl), and in their own language they refer to themseves as the Hñähñú. Based on Sahagun and Duran's texts/drawings.

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SarkananightHobbyist Traditional Artist

Very nice!

The shield looks very similar to an Aztec ceremonial chimalli shield, i think ;)

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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Yes, most shields in this area had nearly identical designs. The Otomies were also mercenaries in Aztec armies too. :D
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
thanks
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Sir-Aedan-McCromlechHobbyist General Artist
SImplemente, no deja de sorprenderme tu trabajo! felicitaciones
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Gracias!
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Very nice!
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
thanks!
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Pues... He entendido muchas veces que a los aztecas no le gustaban los otomís, decían que eran barbaros, groseros, bastos, que bebían mucho y que se vestían muy mal.

He entendido también que los aztecas utilizaban el palabra "otomitl" como un insulto para reprochar la torpeza, la ignorancia o la falta de cortesía de una persona (por ejemplo decían: "Que tonto eres! eres un otomitl?")

A mi me gustaría saber porque...

(ps: a mi me encanta este trabajo!) 

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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Si, tienes razón. A los Aztecas no les agradaba mucho. Aunque, si, respetaban la fuerza que tenían sus guerreros. Es mas que todo etnocentrismo, en parte de los Mexica, que menospreciaron a sus pobladores vecindarios - algo que pasa con imperios. 
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Es porque los aztecas tenían otomís en su ejercito o como mercenarios, porque eran ferrosos de combate? 
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Si, pues ademas hay que entender que los Tlaxcaltecas y hasta los Españoles los usaban en sus ejércitos también.
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