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Aztec Mythology

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Aztec Mythology: Origin Story and Major Gods
The ancient Aztecs had many gods that were associated with lots of different things that were important to their culture and their survival. They also held lots of ceremonies to celebrate and appease the gods, who were temperamental. If you displeased the gods they would make you suffer. Alot of their ceremonies involved sacrifice, they were a gory civilization. A few of their more major gods were: Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, Xipe Totec, Ometecuhtli/Omecihuatl, and a few more minor gods like Tlaloc. (The beginning story and god description paragraphs)
The Aztecs believed that in the beginning was the void. It was at some ancient time in the Aztec creation story that the dual god, Ometecuhtli/Omecihuatl, created itself. This god was good and bad, chaos and order, male and female. Being male and female, it was able to have children. It had four, which came to represent the four directions of north, south, east and west. The gods were Huitzilopochtli of the south, Quetzalcoatl of the east,Tezcatlipoca of the west, and Xipe Totec of the north.The directions were very important to the Aztecs, since their great empire was believed to be at the very center of the universe (Doyle and Vigil).
These four gods began to create. They created water, other gods, and the sea monster Cipactli. Cipactli was part fish part crocodile, a huge creature as big as the universe is now. This was a consuming monster, a jaw at every joint. Cipactli was to become the source of the cosmos in a strange way (Doyle and Vigil).
As the gods continued to create, they had a problem. Their creations would fall into the water and be eaten by the dreadful Cipactli, so it was time for war. The four gods at...

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...animals and so on. If you made the gods angry, it was believed that you would suffer. The Aztecs focused on sacrifice, and evil gods. There were only a few gods that were worshipped for their kindness, and bravery such as Quetzalcoatl. Other gods such as Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli were very different. They were worshipped for sacrifice and death, because they wanted to offer their hearts up to their gods. The Aztecs found people that they wanted to sacrifice and it started out that they sacrifice their own people, but once they found out that their own people would become extinct then they started finding other people and captured them. They took those people to the top of their temples and painted them and after they painted them they would be put on a slab and the sacrificer would rip their hearts out and offer the hearts to the sun. These were the Aztecs.
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