Aztec Creation  Story Mythology: Huitzilopochtli

Tatiana Robb, Jasmin Justo, Zoe Van Den Bosch

RED:

  • Flames: saying that he is the sun god
  • Killing someone: meaning he is the war god
  • Headdress: symbolizing his culture
  • The painting being centered on him: showing that he is more important; putting him on a pedestal.
  • Snake: friendly beast showing that nature is on his side
  • Mask: hiding his identity; saying that no one really knows what a god looks like

Summary #1:

Long ago there was a goddess, Coatlicue, who was the mother of the moon and the stars, she once found a ball of feathers. Keeping it on her person for safe keeping she finds herself pregnant and without the feathers. Her other children became jealous and  Coyolxauhqui, her daughter the moon, created a rebellion against her mother where her and her siblings would kill their mother. Before Huitzilopochtli's siblings could kill their mother he jumped out of the womb fully dressed in battle gear and fought his siblings. In the end he killed his sister Coyolxauhqui by decapitating her and throwing her head into the sky making her head the moon. ***Huitzilopochtil is a sun god and a war god.

Summary #2:

During the Gods' five tries of trying to create the world it ended four times; twice by flooding, once by fire, and another by wind. During one of the floods the water god told a couple that if they were to take only one cob of corn and go to tallest and strongest hollow tree they would survive the end of the world. They did so and lived, all of the other humans were turned into fish.

Blue:

  • Strangled person: is his sister Coyolxauhqui
  • Feathers on headdress: symbolize how he was born from a ball of feathers
  • Headdress, sandals, armbands: his battle gear that he came out of the womb wearing
  • Snake wrapping around his sisters head: symbolizes his beheading her and turning her head into the moon
  • Flaming snake: still is the friendly beast/familair, symbolizes him being the son god

Archetypes:

Character Archetypes: The hero is Huitzilopochtli since he saves his mother from his siblings, "Huitzilopochtli sprung from the womb fully dressed in battle gear and defeated his siblings." The outcast is also Huitzilopochtli since he was born differently from his siblings they didn't like him, "His mother is Coatlicue, who gave birth to him after finding a ball of feathers and tucking in her bosom for safekeeping." The Earth Mother is Coatlicue who is Huitzilopochtil's mother, "His mother is Coatlicue, who gave birth to him after finding a ball of feathers..."

Main Characters: Coatlicue (mother), Huitzilopochtli, Coyolxauhqui, Quetzacoatl, Mena, Teta

Symbolic/ Situatuional Archetypes: Death and rebirth when Huitzilopochtli kills his sister and turns her head into the moon, "He beheaded his sister, Coyolxauhqui, and threw her head into the sky to remain there as the moon." Battle between good and evil when Huitzilopochtli attacked his sister before she could kill their mother, "Coyolxauhqui, the moon, incited a rebellion among the children against their mother. Huitzilopochtli sprung from the womb fully dressed in battle gear and defeated his siblings." The Unhealable wound is when Huitzilopochtli beheads his sister, "He beheaded his sister..." The fall is also shown by when the end of days came and where all of the humans that fell into the temptation of greed were turned into fish while the only couple that did not lived on, "

The Gods live in outer-space/sky; some are the stars or the moon, and one God is the sun, "He is the god of war, the sun god... Her other children, the moon and stars..." The humans live on earth since that was what was created for the humans.

The creation of the moon is explained by when Huitzilopochtli beheads his sister and throws her head into the sky to remain as the moon, "He beheaded his sister, Coyolxauhqui, and threw her head into the sky to remain there as the moon." The creation of fish was explained by the greedy humans being turned into fish, "The greedy men and women were turned into fish and are still fish today."

This culture is a matriarchal society, and they worship Huitzilopochtli as their patron. "and the patron of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. According to myth, he is the one who guided the Aztecs to Mexico."

Nature is valued more than man since during the first flood of the world that would wipe out every single human except for two all of the greedy humans were turned into fish. "Quetzacoatl sent the waters crashing down over his creations. The greedy men and women turned into fish and are still fish today."

Citation

"Aztec Mythology: Gods and Myth." Aztec Mythology: Gods and Myth. Aztec Mythology, n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2015.

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