Home / Tag Archives: Aztec Mythology

Tag Archives: Aztec Mythology

Tonacatecutli

Tonacatecutli (Tonacateotle) (lord of our existence) is in Aztec mythology, consort of Tonacacihuatl, with whom he lived in the ninth, or highest, heaven. They had four sons, who were guardians of the four cardinal points. Tonacatecutli was also known as Tzinteotl (god of the beginning), Tonaca Cihuatl (queen of our existence), Xochiquetzal (beautiful rose), Citlallicue (the star-skirted, or the Milky …

Read More »

Paynal

Paynal (Paynalton) (he who hastens) is in an Aztec rite, the name given to the man who played the part of the war god Huitzilopochtli. According to Fray Bernardino de Sahagún in Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España (1570–1582), this deputy god “had to go personally to summon men so that they might go forthwith to fight the …

Read More »

Montezuma II

Montezuma II (Monteczoma, Motechuzoma, Moctezuma, Montecuzomatzin) (sad or angry lord) (1466–1520) is in Aztec history and legend, the last ruler, who ascended the throne when he was 23 and engaged in a campaign to extend his empire. He was noted for his martial prowess, having taken part in nine battles and being a member of the Quachichin, the highest military …

Read More »

Malinalxochitl

Malinalxochitl Beautiful Wildflower Also known as: Malinal Xochitl Pronounced: Mah-lee-nahl-show-chee-tul The Aztecs spent centuries wandering, searching for their promised land, initially led by the warrior deity Huitzilopochtli and his sisters. Tension developed between Huitzilopochtli and one sister, Malinalxochitl, an exceptionally beautiful, powerful spirit of witchcraft and magic. He accused her of talking too much, asking too many questions, and sowing …

Read More »

Chachalmeca

Chachalmeca is in Aztec ritual, a high-ranking priest in charge of sacrifices. Aztec priests were not allowed to marry, and they lived in a cloisterlike compound. As part of their initiation they were castrated and blood was drawn from their penises, ears, and tongues by a chaichiutzli, a ritual stone. Taken from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third …

Read More »

Binding of the Years (new fire ceremony)

Binding of the Years (new fire ceremony) : Among the Mexica, this ritual ceremony took place outside of Tenochtitlán when the solar and the divinatory calendars both ended on the same day. This coincided with the rising of the Pleiades and the beginning of the dry season. It was a pre-Conquest Nahua ceremony that was performed every 52 years, and …

Read More »

Aztec Suns

Aztec suns : The Aztec told their history and recounted their mythology in eras, or ages, called Suns. These have also been referred to as worlds. The present era is called the Fifth Sun. Each of the previous Suns ended with a massive catastrophe that destroyed all humans and most forms of life. The world of the First Sun, “Four …

Read More »

Aztlán

Aztlán The Mexica’s mythical place of origin and home to Huitzilopochtli and his mother, Coatlicue. The land on which they lived was a lush island, and their humble food of corn kept them from ever experiencing illness; indeed, they never died but could move from youth to old age and back again. When their deity Huitzilopochtli led them away from …

Read More »

Huehecoyotl

Huehecoyotl Old, Old Coyote Origin: Aztec Huehuecoyotl is a trickster spirit, Aztec lord of dance, music, and carnal delight. He can be a generous patron and is invoked for rescue by those who have incurred the wrath of other spirits. He protects his devotees during battle and other dangers. He can reverse or ameliorate a sad destiny or unfavorable horoscope. …

Read More »

Xochitl

Xochitl Pronounced: Show-CHEE-tul In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, Xochitl literally means “flower” but also possesses other implications: • Xochitl names a type of power implicit in beauty, goodness, love, and purity. • Xochitl is the power of creativity. Art may be a physical expression of this power. • Xochitl means “to flower,” as in to bloom or blossom. …

Read More »