This review of the Aztec twin deities Uitzilopochtli and Tezcatlipoca is found in Lectures on the Origin and Growth in Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru, here reproduced.
This account of how Cortes gained some information respecting Mexico from Xicotencatl and Maxixcatzin is presented by the conquistador historian Bernal Díaz del Castillo who participated as a soldier in the conquest of Mexico under Hernán Cortés and late in his life wrote an account of the events.
Tlaloc is the twin of Quetzalcoatl, the two being an inseparable pair in Teotihuacan iconography. A truly remarkable deity, also depicted with goggles - glasses - and whose attribute are strongly suggestive of cultural transmission akin to the the Q Gospel, a sort of origin civilizer.
An account of the life of Nezahualcoyotl, philosopher king, and his achievements as ruler of Texcoco, the city that formed one leg of the triple alliance that was the Aztec empire. A truly remarkable description of an Athens in the Americas.
In Mesoamerican folk religion, a nagual or nahual is a human being who has the power to transform either spiritually or physically into an animal form: most commonly jaguar and puma but also other animals such as donkeys, birds, dogs or coyotes.
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.
The Spanish relaciones account many surprising similarities between Aztec religious practice and organization and the European Christian tradition. The account that follow looks at Aztec practice related to allegorical "eating the God".
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
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.
This short article provides a balanced overview of the religious systems of Mexico and Peru before the conquest. The view is rather sweeping but touches upon important points of universal archetypes and is balanced in its overall presentation.
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.
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.
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.
This is the Hymn which the Mexica (Aztecs) sang every eight years when they fasted on bread and water, and called upon their deities. Like most Mexica songs in poetic form, they retain a lament tradition.