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Aztec Creation Story

How did the Aztecs think the world started?

The Aztec creation story is based on birth, reincarnation, and rebirth. There are actually many variations of the original story, creating several versions of the story. The basic belief is that there were five suns, therefore five worlds that have been in existence, have died, and have been reborn. The first god who created the world and everything in it also created other gods to help the governing of all the things. Hands of power changed, and the gods fought among themselves for power, wives, and station. Starting with the Jaguar sun, who was a huge source of power, the leader shifted to the wind sun. After the wind sun, the third sun, the rain sun (who also did the wife stealing) came into the picture. After that, it was the water sun, then the earthquake sun. Each sun took their turn reeking havoc on the earth. It ended up like a modern day real world, with gods being voted off, and cast out. The ending gods seemed to get along just fine, and that's the way things stayed. Until the Spanish came. Of course, this is an extremely condensed version, leaving out the hundreds of years in between rulers of the sky and water, all the hard to pronounce names of the gods, etc. The Aztec Indians of Mexico have a strong rooted belief in the Aztec creation story, and they also believe that another rebirth will happen. The Aztec sun calendar tells us this. Much like the Mayan's 2012 phenomenon, the Aztecs have predicted the end of the world as we know it, as they have already had five times over.

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