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.
The following prayer is one addressed to the principal God, under his name Tezcatlipoca,Teiocoiani or Tehimatini, all aspects of Teotl (“God”) asking favor for a newly elected ruler: To-day, a fortunate day, the sun has risen upon us, warming us, so that in it a precious stone may be wrought, […]
Tezcatlipoca is the Smoking Mirror. He is the god of the nocturnal sky, god of the ancestral memory, god of time and the Lord of the North, the embodiment of change through conflict, a Mexica Shiva. The prayer to Tezcatlipoca that follows is made after the priest has heard a confession. In the Mexica (Aztec) rite, this absolution from sin exists once only in a lifetime, a feature that echoes certain European medieval practices.
A prayer addressed to Tezcatlipoca by a recently elected ruler, to give thanks for his election and to ask favor and light for the proper performance of his office. An example of Aztec piety.
History is written by the victors. The voices of the vanquished go to silence. It a testament to the work of Bernardino de Sahagún that the voice of the Mexica (Aztec) has not been lost. The prayer that follows is an acknowledgment of original sin and demonstrates a complex acknowledgement the unknowability of the ways of God.