Title: Teotihuacan – “The City of Gods”
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will be able to describe the setting of Teotihuacan, and explain the different activities that they can carry out there. Central Idea: The rich heritage of Teotihuacan makes it an excellent destination for tourists. Method of organization: Topical
I. Legend has it that at the beginning of time, Gods met in a city to plan the creation of the universe. One of the mighty Gods was chosen to serve as the sun while another frail God had to serve as the moon. During the ceremony, the great God refrained from throwing himself into the bonfire as he was afraid. That is when the weak God stepped forward and threw himself instead. Embarrassed by his inferior’s bravery, the great God threw himself in as well. Eventually, two suns emerged rising towards the sky. The other Gods angry with the great God’s hasty actions, decided to dim his light. Thus, changing the great God into the moon, condemned forever to follow the sun. II. This legend takes place in the “City of the Gods” or Teotihuacan in the ancient Aztec language. Teotihuacan is a city that lies about 50 km north-east of modern-day Mexico City. Thriving for over 600 years, the city was mysteriously burnt and deserted leaving nothing for us to trace other than their monuments, art and tombs. III. As an enthusiast of ancient cities holding an ambiguous history, I have always found Teotihuacan intriguing. As a result, I dug further into the matter and read more about this city. IV. Today, I would like to inform you about Teotihuacan by discussing the historical features of the city and the activities that you can engage in there. Body
I. To begin with, Teotihuacan has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a sign of its rich historical features. A. One of the mesmerizing features of Teotihuacan that you will encounter is the city’s monuments. 1....
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Hearn,K. (n.d). Who Built the Great City of Teotihuacan?. Retrieved from http://science.nationalgeographic.co.in/science/archaeology/teotihuacan-/
Garden,W. (Producer) & Leckey, B. (Director) (2006) Digging for the Truth- City of the Gods - Teotihuacan [Motion Picture]. United States: History.
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