Maps are different from Tours. When describing a house, the abstract concept of a map makes rarely people say that the living room lies next to the kitchen, but rather use the mobile concept of a tour: you turn right and come into the kid’s room. Time and trajectory play a decisive role in people’s mind, and it is also shown in primitive mapping of realities.
Similar to first medieval maps of Europe, where pilgrimage was the main objective in life, maps used to show distances calculated in hours or in days of achieving different stages to spend the night on a journey. As Michel de Certeau describes in his Practice of Everyday Life, itineraries are more real than static maps.
He mentions the example of the brilliant maps of Cuauhtinchan, showing the Exodus of Totomihuacan. This historic document dating 16th century migration movements of Toltec tribes in Mexico is rather a history lesson than a mere geographical description. The drawing shows the routes of the journey marking out by footprints with regular gaps between them and pictures of the scenes that occurred in every stage, meals, battles, crossings of rivers or mountains…
A Map on the contrary, eliminate any pictural figuration of the practices that produce it, being influenced by Euclidean descriptive geometry of abstract places.
[image1>map of cuauhtinchan No.2 via quecholac] [image2>map of cuauhtinchan via Washington University] [image3>fragment of the map of cuauhtinchan No.2 via mc2 map] [image4>fragment of the map of cuauhtinchan No.3 via mc2 map]