Gods and Everyday Life• To the Aztecs, religion was an extremely important part of their culture.• The gods played an integral part in everyday life from household tasks to farming.• They controlled all of the elements and preserved the balance of the natural world.• Because of this order they valued the most precious thing, life.
Worship• The Aztecs, like many other cultures, celebrate their gods through feasts, ceremonies, and traditional worship at a temple.• They gave away what was most precious, their life.• Though they mostly sacrificed prisoners of war and children, they believed that the gods grew stronger of the blood and hearts of those sacrificed.• Because of their religion, the Aztec priests were skilled astronomers and mathematicians
The Gods• In Aztec Mythology, there are over 99 deities and many with more than one name.• The Aztecs believed that all of the gods should be respected for fear of their wrath or other problems that could ensue.• While some were benevolent, others had ability to cause grave misfortune.• Numerous amounts of temples and places of worship were raised in order to please all of these gods
QUETZALCOATL• Known as the Feather Serpent, Quetzalcoatl was the god of civilization and learning.• One of the oldest gods, known even to the Mayan, he brought science, agriculture, and all that is good in civilization.• He is said to have created man by dripping blood on bones, and therefore we are are seen as his children.
Huitzlopochtli• The most important Aztec God• He was the sun god and the deified ancestral warrior- hero.• He was also seen as the par for excellence in Aztec Society.• His is considered the reincarnation of the sun and night and therefore has the constant struggle of keeping the night at bay and keeping human civilization alive• He must have blood sacrifice in order to maintain his daily battle of keeping humans alive.
Other Gods• There are gods for virtually every facet of life and culture of the Aztecs• Each god has a specific duty either as acting as an object ( Metztli – the moon good) or a certain overseeing certain actions (Chalchiuhtlicue - The goddess of running water)• Religion played a key part in the culture of the Aztecs as well as their everyday duties