Only flowers are our adornment, only songs turn our suffering to delight on earth. Ohuaya ohuaya.
Will I lose my friends and companions? Already I have gone, I, Yoyontzin, to the house of song of he who makes the world live! Ohuaya ohuaya … a Flower Song attributed to Nezahualcoyotl.
Human sacrifice as appeasement of the Gods is a universal norm. The Aztec have the reputation of being more earnest than most in this practice. This particular article explores an aspect of this practice, that of the God or Goddess becoming flesh, and in flesh being sacrificed for a greater good.
Sir James George Frazer was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. He is often considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology. His work, The Golden Bough: a Study of Magic and Religion has a chapter that explores the symbolic eating of the God, a practice central to the Christian faith. The Aztecs, to the surprise of the Spanish chroniclers, also had a similar ritual.
Tlaloc, Chac and Cocijo are all manifestations of the duality of Quetzalcoatl and the Rain God of Teotihuacan, of which the Rain God as central to life is paired with the feathered serpent, he who brings Knowledge. Sir James George Frazer was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages […]
An account of the Popol Vuh, written by Lewis Spence. The full name of the work is “The Mythic and Heroic Sagas of the Kichés of Central America”.
The Popol Vuh is a the mythological and quasi-historical account of the K’iche’ people who inhabit the Guatemalan Highlands northwest of present-day Guatemala City. This version of the Popol Vuh is from the 1908 edition and is in the public domain.