I just want people to know....

That the aztecs never thought that the Spanish conquerers were gods, there are no registries of any prehispanic gods with blond hair, pale skin or any european trait, the only reason why they were well received was because Moctezuma distrusted them from the beggining and wanted them gone as soon as possible and he thought that by treating them well he would avoid stirring conflict.

The “indigenous people revered them as gods” was Spanish propaganda, so congratulations centuries after people are still falling for it.

Also the only reason they won, besides the diseases they brought with them, was because they deceived the other indigenous tribes under the rule of the Aztec empire into thinking that they would give them their freedom.

Spoiler alert: they lied.

Stop saying “Ancient”

Can we please stop referring to Native Americans ESPECIALLY the Mexica “mesh-ee-ka”(erroneously known as Aztecs) as “ancient”. I’m so tired of hearing “the ancient Hopi” or “the ancient Aztecs(Mexica)” no one says “the ancient Christopher Columbus” “Ancient Spain/England colonized much of the world” instead we refer to them, the colonizers, as recent history. Indigenous genocide is also recent history. Stop trying to wash us out as passed and non relevant.

The Signs as Aztec Deities.
  • Aries: <i>Xiuhtecuhtli</i> was the god of fire, day and heat. He was the lord of volcanoes, the personification of life after death.
  • Taurus: <i>Tonacacihuatl</i> was a creator and goddess of fertility and associated with procreation.
  • Gemini: <i>Tlaloc</i> was supreme god of the rain and also was associated with the spring.
  • Cancer: <i>Metztli</i> was goddess of the moon, the night, and farmers.
  • Leo: <i>Tonatiuh</i> was the sun god. The Aztec people considered him the leader of heaven.
  • Virgo: <i>Chicomecoatl</i> was the goddess of agriculture. She is usually distinguished by being shown carrying ears of maize.
  • Libra: <i>Quetzalcoatl</i> was related to gods of the wind, of the planet Venus, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge.
  • Scorpio: <i>Mictecacihuatl</i> was the queen of the underworld, ruling of the afterlife and she was known as the "Lady of the Dead".
  • Sagittarius: <i>Tepeyollotl</i> was the god of earthquakes, echoes and jaguars. He is the god of the Eighth Hour of the Night.
  • Capricorn: <i>Itzpapalotl</i> was a fearsome skeletal warrior goddess who ruled over the paradise world of Tamoanchan.
  • Aquarius: <i>Ehecatl</i> was the god of the wind and he attracted the clouds with rain for the fields.
  • Pisces: <i>Chalchiuhtlicue</i> was the goddess of water, rivers, seas, streams and storms. She was represented as a river.

Nahua Deities

Part 3 of this series. *All based in Aztec Mexico

Acolmiztu - God of the Underworld

Acuecucyoticihuati - Goddess of Rivers and Streams

Atlatonan - Goddess of the Earth

Ayauhteotl - Goddess of Infamy

Centeotl - God of Maize

Centzon-Totochtin - Drunken God

Centzonuitznaua - Gods of the Stars

Chalchihuitlicue - Goddess of Water

Chicomeccatl - Goddess of Corn and Maize

Chalchiuhtecolotl - God of the Night

Chalchiuhtotolin - God of Disease

Chalmecatecuchtli - God of the Underworld

Chantico - Goddess of the Hearth

Chicomexochtli - Gods of Painting

Chiconahuiehecatl - God of Creation

Chihucoatl - Goddess of the Moon and War

Cinteotl - God of Maize and Corn

Cipactli - Creator God

Cipactonal - God of Astrology and Calendars

Coatlicue - Goddess of Earth and Fire

Cochimetl - God of Merchants

Cocijo - God of Rain

Coyolxauhqui -Goddess of the Moon

Cuaxolotl - Goddess of the Stars

Ehecatl - God of the Winds

Huehuecoyotl - God of Mischief

Huehueteotl - God of Fire

Huitzilopochtli - God of War

Huixtocihuatl - Goddess of Fertility

Ilamatecuhtli - Old Mother Goddess of Midwifery

Itztli - God of Sacrifice

Itzpapalotl - Goddess of the Heavens

Itztlacoliuhqui - God of Justice

Ixtlilton - God of Healing

Macuil-Cozcacuahtli - God of Pleasure

Macuil-Cuetzpalin - God of Pleasure

Macuil-Malinalli - God of Pleasure

Macuil-Tochtli - God of Alcohol

Macuil-Tonaleque - Gluttony Gods

Macuilxochitl - God of Games and Sports

Malinalxochi - Goddess of Insects

Mayahuel - Goddess of Alcohol

Metzli - God of the Moon

Mextli - God of War and Sacrifice

Mictecacihuatl - Goddess of Death

Mictlantecuhtli - God of the Underworld

Mixcoatl - God of the Hunt

Nanautzin - God of Sickness

Omecihuatl - Goddess of Creation

Ometecuhtli - Supreme God of Creation

Ometotchtli - God of Pulque and Drunkness

Opochtli - God of Fishing and Hunting

Oxomoco - Goddess of Astrology and Calendars

Patecatl - God of Healing and Medicine

Piquete-Ziña - God of Bats and the Night

Quaxolotl - Goddess of Duality and Schizophrenia

Quetzalcoatl - God of Creation

Tecuciztecal - God of the Moon

Temazcalteci - Goddess of Purification

Teoyaomiqui - God of Flowers

Tepeyollotl - God of Caves and Earthquakes

Tepoztecatl - God of Alcohol

Toci - Creator Goddess

Tezcatzontecatl - God of Beer

Tlazoltéotl - Goddess of Purity and Confession

Tezcatlipoca - God of Death and the Night

Tlaloc - God of Rain

Tlahuizcalpantecutli - God of Dawn

Tlaoque-Nahuaque - Supreme God

Tonacatecuhtli - God of Food

Tonatiuh - God of the Sun

Tzitzmitl - Grandmother Goddess of Alcohol

Ueuecoyotl - God of Happiness

Xipe-Totec - God of Agriculture and Spring

Xiuhcoatl - God of Fire and Drought

Xiuhtecuhtli - Ancient God of Fire

Xmulzencab - God of Bees

Xochipili - God of Love

Xochiquetzal - Goddess of Fertility

Xólotl - God of Lightning and the Underworld

Yacatecuhtli - God of Merchants and Travel

Originally posted by tlatollotl

Sources : Wikipedia , Godfinder and God search

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The Birth of the Fifth Sun, the Mexica (Aztec) sacred narrative which tells of the birth of our current sun. The paintings are posted in order, and follow the progress of the narrative told below.

14.1 It is said that when the earth was still dark, when there was yet no warmth, nor day, nor light, the Teteo came together at Teotihuacan to take counsel, and there they lit the Spirit Fires, great blazes set atop the twin pyramids of the sacred city. For four years they burned.  “Come here, oh Teteo! Who shall carry the sun? Who shall bear it? The warming, the dawning? The burning fire? The celestial Light? Who shall leap into the Spirit Fire?” Than forth stepped Four Flint, Tecuciztecatl, Our Lord of Snails, and he cried out, “Oh Teteo! Indeed, it shall be I!” Yoaltecuhtli and Tlaloc stepped forward, “You are one who must keep the sky and the earth.”
14.2 “And yet, another is needed,” said the Teteo. “Who shall be the other?” Yet the Teteo were frightened, and none among them stepped forth. They took counsel with one another, and summoned Nanahuatzin, The Pimpled Lord, the Crippled One, and summoned him to the counsel. Tonacatecuhtli and Xiuhtecuhtli stepped forward and said to him, “You are the one who must keep the sky and the earth.” Many tears did Nanahuatzin shed, for he felt unequal to the task, he, the worthless invalid.
14.3 The Teteo Nanahuatzin and Tecuciztecatl began their fasts, their sacrifices, in preparation for the Spirit Fire, the God Oven. Tecuciztecatl prepared himself with precious things. His fasting-ropes were of quetzal feathers, and his ritual branches of cotinga plumes. His grass heart was of woven gold, his incense of the finest copal. He did not offer his own blood, his own Yollia, but instead offered maguey thorns and  lancets made of coral. Resplendent he looked, shining and beautiful, as he made his sacrifices.
14.4 Nanahuatzin, the Crippled Lord, the Teotl in poverty, formed his fasting-rope of grass and paper. His ritual branches were made of green grass and green reeds, tied in three bundles, bound bundles of nine each. His bloodletting spine was of bone, well reddened with his own blood. His only incense were his scabs, twisted off and cast into the fire.
For four days they fasted, for four days they drew blood and meditated their sacred actions, there upon their respective pyramids. When they had completed their days of sacrifice, they burned their ritual branches, their bloodletting instruments, in the sacred fire. They were become slaves. They were become Gods.
14.5 To Tecuciztecatl, the gathered Teteo gave him his egret headdress, his elegant attire of quetzal and jade.
14.6 But Nanahuatzin was attired only in paper, only in cloth of Maguey. They painted the Teteo in white, they chalked them, and adorned them in eagle-down feathers.
15.1 Tecuciztecatl, as the senior Lord, approached the fire first, to leap into its heart. The fire roared, it crackled, it seared his eyes. He grew faint and afraid. He hesitated. He could not bring himself to leap into the fire.Than Nanahuatzin, the Crippled Lord, seeing the terror of the other, walked forward. Bravely he walked, slowly, so as to feel its heat. And when he reached the Spirit Fire, the God Oven, he leapt into its heart and was consumed.
Tecuciztecatl grew ashamed, and found his spirit, and he too leapt into the Spirit Fire, but lacking the bravery of Nanahuatzin, he fell only into its embers and ashes, where he, too, was consumed.
The Jaguar and the Eagle were among the company of the Teteo, and both leapt over the Spirit Fire. They were singed, they were burned, in its tongues of flame, and thus acquired their spots and dark feathers. For their bravery they were made warriors, ever to serve the sun.

16.1 When, in this way, the two Teteo had thrown themselves into the God Oven, when they had burned to ash, the Teteo sat awaiting to learn from whence they would emerge. Long they waited, meditating in the darkness, when all at once everywhere it became red, everywhere the light of dawn, the reddening of dawn. The Teteo knelt down, facing each of the four directions, to see from whence the sun would emerge at this first dawning of the Fifth Sun. The Teteo fell into confusion; they turned in circles, they faced all directions. The traditional orations, the traditional words, did not bring clarity to the Teteo. Some thought he would emerge from Mictlán, the Place of the Dead, and faced North, to find him there. Some thought The Place of Women, and faced the West, some, The House of Thorns, and faced the South, for the light of the dawning encircled all things, and confusion reigned.
Yet some of the Teteo faced the East, the Place of Light, and cried out, “Already, is he there, already, his light illuminates his Eastern Palace! Behold, he is emerging!” Those who waited there, who pointed there, were Quetzalcoátl and his nagual Xolotl. There too was Our Lord Anahuatl, the Red Tezcatlipoca, and the Mimixcoa without number. And there awaited four women; Tiacapan, Teicu, Tlacoyehua, and Xocoyotl.
And as the sun rose, his light spread like the red Cochineal dye throughout the East, his dazzling brilliance was such that he could not be faced. He shone, he illuminated, and light came into this world. And afterward, Tecciztecatl, too, arose from the Place of Light, also golden and shining, impossible to behold; a second sun.
16.2 And the Teteo said; “How can this be? Shall there be two suns, who both shall follow the same road, who both shall shine in the same way? The brave Nanahuatzin and the unworthy Tecciztecatl?” And so, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, The Morning Star, snatched a rabbit from the earth and flung it in the face of Tecciztecatl. Thus, was his face wrecked and his light dimmed, and he fell into the ashes.
17.1 The Teteo declared, “No longer shall he be known as Nanahuatzin, the Pimpled Lord, the Crippled God. He is Tonatiuh, Our Lord the Sun!” And Tonacatecuhtli and Tonacacihuatl, the Lord and Lady of Our Flesh, Our Sustenance, rose to his place at the center of the sky. They bathed and anointed him. They sat him in his Quechol chair. They adorned his head with the butterfly crest, the red-leather thong.
17.2 But he would not move from his place. Four days he remained at the Zenith, at the center of the sky. “Why does he not move?” asked the Teteo, and they sent the Falcon of the Obsidian Blade to ask why he was immobile in the sky.
“I hunger!” replied Tonatiuh. “I need their blood, their precious color, their Yollotl, to find the strength to move across the sky. I need the blood of those who sent me to the Spirit Fire!”
17.3 When the Falcon returned to the gathered Teteo and gave them his message, they were much saddened and afraid. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli grew angry and cried out, “I will shoot him! He must not stay immobile in the sky!” But his arrows could not reach the sun. Yet the sun, from his lofty perch, shot down his own arrows, his shafts of flame, and they burned the body of The Morning Star, and with the Nine Layers covered up his face, and transformed him into Itztli, the Teótl of the Obsidian Blade, of cold, frost, snow, and judgement.
18.1 Quetzalcoátl raised his eyes sadly to the sky, and spoke to the gods at Teotihuacan. “May he be revived. May we all die!” And the gods mournfully submitted to his will. And so with the Sacred Flint Blade he slit the throats of the gathered Gods; of Titlacahuan, and Huitzilopochtli, and the Goddesses Xochiquetzal, Yapalliicue, and Nochpalliicue. But Xolotl, the god of twins and monstrosities and who is the sprit double of Quetzalcoátl, did not want to die. He fled Quetzalcoátl and his terrible blade. He wept so that his eyes fell from their sockets. “Send me not to the blade, oh Gods! Let me not die!”
18.2 He fled, and Death quickly followed. He followed him to the fields of young corn, were Xolotl transformed himself into the young maize with two stalks in order to hide from Death. He became the Xolotl of the Field. But he was seen by the eyes of Death there among the corn, from whom nothing may be hidden, and so he ran to the Maguey field, and there he turned himself into the double maguey, the Maguey Xolotl. But there too was he seen by the eyes of Death, and so he escaped to the lake, and there turned himself into the Axolotl, the lake-salamander. But there was no more escape, and Death caught him, and Quetzalcoátl slit his throat, amid his tears and lamentations.
19.1 The blood of the Gods rose to the heavens and Tonatiuh drank the sacred strength of their Yollia, on the day Nahui Ollin, Four Movement, the sacred name and destiny of the Fifth Sun. Yet still he could not move, still he could not follow his path.
20.1 But Quetzalcoátl, who had shed the blood of the Gods, who had released the divine force of their Yollia, grew strong and straight. He ran, and blew lightly in the face of the sun, and so pushed him along his path, and than slit his own throat, that his blood and divine Yollia might make the revolutions of the heavens eternal.
Thus it was that as the sun was entering into the earth again, into the open jaws of Our Mother, Tlaltecuhtli, the moon arose from the ashes into which he had fallen, and there at the crossroads met the Tzitzimime, the Star Demons, and the Coleletin, and they detained him a while, and dressed him in rags. He who would have been the sun, who would have been clothed in splendor. And thus it is that on the day Four Movement night and day came into being, and the deaths of the gods established the covenant of sacrifice with men.


Name: Queztalcoatl

Area of Origin: Mesoamerica; Aztec

With a name that means “Feathered Serpent”, Quetzalcoatl was once a major deity in Mesoamerican religion and literature. It was deemed as the god of wind and learning, associated with the planet Venus, and of the arts, crafts and knowledge. Also called “Precious Twin” Quetzalcoatl is rivaled by a brother deity named Xolotl, the god of lightning and death. Quetzalcoatl has been depicted in different manners in Aztec iconography; sometimes as a richly adorned human-like figure, others as a purely zoomorphic, the feathered serpent has been prevalent in the culture’s artwork and architecture since 900 BC. Though primarily associated with snakes, Quetzalcoatl is also represented by crows, spider monkeys, ducks and macaws, and is seen as a progenitor of mankind. In Mayan culture, the approximate equivalent deities were Kukulkan and Q'uq'umatz, whose names also roughly translate to ‘feathered serpent’.