|The people chosen to save the world from destruction through human sacrifice.|
At the heart
of Aztec religion lay the belief that in the past the world had been created
and demolished by the gods four times. At the end of each era the sun was
destroyed and the earth depopulated. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered
serpent god, and his twin Xolotl journeyed in the Fifth Sun, to the underworld land of Mictlan, the
lowest of the nine underworlds, ruled by the god of death; in order to
restore humankind to life, from the bones of those who had lived in the
previous four eras. By dripping his blood onto the
bones, human resurrection began. Men therefore, are the children of
Aztecs believed that it was their sacred duty to provide the gods with 'chalchiuhuatl', a precious form of nectar found in human blood. To the Aztecs the human heart was the symbol of life itself, and Huitzilopochtli, the sun god needed to be fed both blood and human hearts so he would not wreak his anger on the Aztec people. Feeding the sun was the warriors' business for the offerings were prisoners of war. Quetzalcoatl, the compassionate god was rarely offered human sacrifice.
Humankind was thus born from the sacrifice of the gods themselves. And this gift had to be repaid in the blood of sacrifice. The Aztecs believed they were the "chosen people" and that the end of the world could only be avoided by "feeding" the sun human blood and flesh. The cycle of life on earth; birth, death, and regeneration was recreated with a level of human sacrifice never before approached by other civilizations which at its height sacrificed as many as 20,000 victims at a time.
Sacrificial victims were believed to have become sacred. Eating their flesh was the act of eating the god itself. This communion with superior beings was an important aspect of Aztec religion. Exactly how common its practice remains an area of dispute among academics.
The fate of a man after death depended not on how he lived but on how he died. Sacrificial victims and battle casualties could go to a heaven associated with the sun and later be reborn as hummingbirds and butterflies.
|Who were the Aztecs?|
|ABANDONED BY THEIR GODS|
No public monument to Hernán Cortés is to be found anywhere in Mexico.
BURIED MIRROR. CONFLICT OF THE
In the spring of 1519 a Spanish expedition of eleven ships set sail from Cuba. On board were 508 soldiers, 16 horses, and several pieces of artillery. The first land they sighted was the coast of Yucatán, once the heart of the Mayan empire. The leader of this small Spanish band was a young adventurer named Hernán Cortés. Little did he realize that his arrival coincided precisely with the foreseen return of the Plumed Serpent. On Holy Thursday, Cortés moored his ships off the Mexican coast and founded the city of Veracruz in the name of the Emperor Charles.
Another emperor, named Moctezuma, received the news. "The gods have come back. Their lances spit fire. Their warriors have two heads and six legs, and they live in houses that float." The whole Aztec empire was filled with foreboding, as comets raced across the sky in broad daylight.
|The Aztec Account of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico|
preserved in the National Library in Paris, the Laurenziana
Library in Florence and the library of the National Museum of
Anthropology in Mexico City used to create this thorough and
fascinating history of the indomitable will of a people who ruled
several million people speaking many languages from the Pacific Ocean
to the Gulf coast and from central Mexico to the present-day Republic
by Casado Internet Group the Belize super site
The Aztecs or Mexicas were the last of
the many nomadic tribes to enter the Valley of Mexico from the north.
They arrived during the middle of
the thirteenth century, and attempted to settle in one or another of
the flourishing city-states, but wherever they appeared, they were
violently driven away as undesirable foreigners. It is true that they
spoke the same language as the old Toltecs, but otherwise they were
almost totally uncultured. The only heritage they brought with them,
besides the Nahuatl tongue, was an indomitable will.
After a whole series of defeats and humiliations, the Aztecs succeeded in establishing themselves on an island in the lake; the ancient codices state that their city was founded in the year 1325.
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"When we arrived there Montezuma came out of an oratory where his cursed idols were, at the summit of the great Cue, and two priests came with him, and after paying great rev erence to Cortes and to all of us he said: "You must be tired Señor Malinche, from ascending this our great Cue," and Cortes replied through our interpreters who were with us that be and his companions were never tired by anything. Then Montezuma took him by the hand and told him to look at his great city and all the other cities that were standing in the water, and the many other towns on the land round the lake, and that if he bad not seen the great market place well, from where they were they could see it better.
So we stood looking about us, for that huge and cursed temple stood so high that from it one could see over every thing very well, and we saw the three causeways which led into Mexico, that is the causeway of Iztapalapa by which we had entered four days before, and that of Tacoma, and that of Tepeaquilla, and we saw fresh water that comes from Chapultepec which supplies the city, and we saw the bridges on the three causeways which were built at certain distances apart through which the water of the lake flowed in and out from one side to the other, and we beheld an that great lake a great multitude of canoes, some coming with supplies of food and others returning loaded with cargoes of merchandise; and we saw that from every house of that great city and of all the other cities that were built in the water it was impossible to pass from house to house, except by drawbridges which were made of wood or in canoes; and we saw in those cities Cues and oratories like towers and fortresses and all gleaming white, and it was a wonderful thing to behold; then the houses with flat roofs, and on the causeways other small towers and oratories which were like fortresses.
After having examined and considered all that we had seen we turned to look at the great market place and the crowds of people that were in it, some buying and others selling, so that the murmur and hum of their voices and words that they used could be heard more than a league off. Some of the soldiers among us who had been in many parts of the world, in Constantinople, and all over Italy, and in Rome, said that so large a market place and so full of people, and so well regulated and arranged, they had never be held before
True History of the Conquest of Mexico
|End of the Aztec Era|
|Flowers and Songs of Sorrow
Nothing but flowers and songs of sorrow
|AZTEC LINKS & RESOURCES|
Mormon theology tells us this and it was also written about extensively by the early Spainiards however it is doubtful since the language has little similarity and the utilitarian wheel was not ever used.
However, there is a great deal of denial academically concerning the origins particularly with the grandmother tribe, the Olmecs of Veracruz
Mesoamerican Archaeology WWW page
AZTEC- Student Teacher Resource Center http://mrburnett.mine.nu/GCII/U1/outside/aztec/ ||