Aztec culture is generally grouped with the cultural complex known as the nahua because of the common language they shared. According to legend, the various groups who were to become the Aztecs arrived from the north into the Anahuac valley around Lake Texcoco. The location of this valley and lake of destination is clear – it is the heart of modern Mexico City – but little can be known with certainty about the origin of the Aztec. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aztec mythology"
Aztlán ( , from Nahuatl Aztlan ) is the legendary ancestral home of the Aztec/Mexica. It is represented as a volcano in a lake, located in what is now the north of Mexico (including the territory from Texas to California annexed by the United States after the Mexican-American War), onto which the first Mexica emerged at the beginning of the fourth world. The word Aztec, rarely used by the Mexica to describe themselves, derives from Aztecatl, meaning "from Aztlán." The character of the place itself has less of a role in the legendary histories than the migration that was undertaken by the Mexica after they left Aztlán and before they settled in Tenochtitlan (also an island in a lake, the replica of their original home). ...more on Wikipedia about "Aztlán"
Cemanahuatl is the Nahuatl word for the universe or the world. According to Aztec mythology, the universe was created by the dual-aspected god/dess Ometeotl. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cemanahuatl"
In Aztec mythology, the Cihuateteo (also Ciuteoteo or Ciuateoteo) were the spirits of human women who died in childbirth (mociuaquetzque.). Childbirth was considered a form of battle, and its victims were honored as fallen warriors. Their physical remains were thought to strengthen soldiers in battle while their spirits became the much-feared Cihuateteo who accompanied the setting sun in the west. They also haunted crossroads at night, stealing children and causing sicknesses, especially seizures and madness, and seducing men to sexual misbehavior. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cihuateteo"
In Aztec mythology, Cipactli was a vicious monster, part crocodile and part fish. Tezcatlipoca sacrificed a foot to him. Cipactli was the source of the Earth which the gods created from his body. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cipactli"
In Aztec mythology, the Civatateo are vampires. They are noblewomen who died during childbirth and, after returning to the land of the living, stalk travelers and haunted temples. They are shriveled and pale. Their faces are white, and their hands and arms are covered in ticitl (a white chalk). Their tattered dresses are decorated with crossbones. ...more on Wikipedia about "Civatateo"
In Aztec mythology, Mayahuel was a human girl whom Ehecatl, the wind god, fell in love with. He gave humanity the gift of love so that she could return his favor. She later married Xochipilli and with Patecatl, she was the mother of the Centzon Totochtin. ...more on Wikipedia about "Mayahuel"
In Aztec mythology, Mictlan was the lowest (ninth) level of the underworld, located far to the north. Except for warriors who died in battle, people who died when hit by lightning and women who died in childbirth, people went to Mictlan after death. The journey was difficult and took four years, but the dead were aided by the psychopomp, Xolotl. ...more on Wikipedia about "Mictlan"
In Aztec mythology and Mayan mythology, a Nahual was a spirit being, similar to a a guardian angel, that manifested itself in the form of an animal. Each person had a nahual who watched over and protected them. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nahual"
In Aztec mythology, Tlalocan is the underworld, ruled by Tlaloc and his wife Chalchiuhtlicue. The souls of the deceased remain here for four years before reincarnation. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tlalocan"
In Aztec mythology, Tlaltecuhtli (or Tlaltecutli) was a chthonic sea monster who dwelled in the ocean after the fourth Great Flood. Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca, in the form of snakes, tore her in half, throwing half upwards to create the sky and stars and leaving the other half to become the land of the earth. She remained alive, however, and demanded human blood. Although her name is male, she is typically depicted as a female crocodile with clawed forelimbs and skulls on her back and sides, and is often depicted in the position of a woman in childbirth. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tlaltecuhtli"
In Aztec mythology, Tlillan-Tlapallan was the middle realm of heaven, and was reserved for those who understood Quetzalcoatl's wisdom. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tlillan-Tlapallan"
In Aztec Mythology, Tomoanchan is a mythical paradise ruled over by Itzpapalotl. In the Aztec creation myth, it is here that the gods created the present race of humans. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tomoanchan"
In Aztec mythology, Xiuhcoatl (the fire-snake or Turquoise Serpent) was the personification of drought and scorched earth. It was represented in artifacts as a serpent, and is related to the fire cult of Xiuhtecuhtli. ...more on Wikipedia about "Xiuhcoatl"
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