Quetzalcoatl and the Ball Game

Pre-Columbian ballcourts have been found throughout Mesoamerica, as for example at Copán, as far south as modern Nicaragua, and possibly as far north as what is now the U.S. state of Arizona. These ballcourts vary considerably in size, but all have long narrow alleys with slanted side-walls against which the balls could bounce.  This article explores the ritual meaning of the ball court.

Aztec Religion

Found in Ancient Faiths and Modern: A Dissertation upon Worships, Legends and Divinities In Central And Western Asia, Europe, And Elsewhere, Before The Christian Era Showing Their Relations To Religious Customs As They Now Exist, this article authored by Thomas Inman explores Mexica [Aztecs] theology.

Mexica Priesthood

The complex organization of the Aztec nation has been overshadowed by the unsavory reputation of the Society as a whole.  The sophistication of the theological state that was the Mexica at their prime is explored here.

Cortes meets Montezuma

The truly unique event - Cortes comes face to face with Montezuma - is recorded by the Conquistador Bernal Diaz Del Castillo.  This first contact is true pivot point in human history, recorded in the book The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Written by Himself containing the True Account of the Discovery and Conquest of Mexico and New Spain.  

Viking Settlement of the Americas

At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies the first known evidence of European presence in the Americas proper.   Today we know that Viking settlement in Canada occured at least in Newfoundland where a village has been rebuilt at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Here, a Norse expedition is thought to have sailed from Greenland, building a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings over 1000 years ago. 

The Giant Pyramid Builders

The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl (Nahuatl for "artificial mountain"), is a huge complex located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. It is the largest archaeological site of a pyramid (temple) in the New World, as well as the largest pyramid known to exist in the world today.

Gold of the Inca

The account that follows of the smelting of the silver idols into raw gold and silver is found in An Account of the Conquest of Peru written by Pedro Sancho, secretary to Pizarro and Scrivener to this Army. 

Quetzalcoatl Law Giver

The culture hero of the Aztecs was Quetzalcoatl, and the leading drama, the central myth, in all the extensive and intricate theology of the Nahuatl speaking tribes was his long contest with Tezcatlipoca, "a contest," observes an eminent Mexican antiquary, "which came to be the main element in the Nahuatl religion and the cause of its modifications, and which materially influenced the destinies of that race from its earliest epochs to the time of its destruction."  A look at the role of Quetzalcoatl.

Sources of Mexica Mythology

Our knowledge of the mythology of the Mexicans is overwhelmingly based on the the relaciones of those Spaniards, lay and cleric, who entered the country along with or immediately subsequent to the Spanish Conquistadores. T