What Were Some of the Aztec Gods?

What Were Some of the Aztec Gods?

Some Aztec gods include Macuiltochtli, one of the gods of excess, Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc and Tonatiuh. Other gods include Atlacoya, the goddess of drought, Tlilhua, Cinteotl, Itzpapalotltotec and Quetzalcoatl.

The Aztecs had five gods of excess that comprised a collective called Ahuiateteo. One god of excess, Macuiltochtli, symbolized both excess and the consequences of excess.

Huitzilopochtli was the patron god of the Aztecs in that he was believed to be the one who guided them to their traditional lands. He indicated where they should settle and build their capital, Tenochtitlan.

Tlaloc was the rain god and is associated with fertility and agriculture. Often, sacrifices to Tlaloc included sacrificing children because the Aztecs believed that childrens' tears were sacred to Tlaloc.

Tonatiuh was the sun god. He too represented fertility. Sacrifices to him were thought to require blood, and he was the patron of warriors.

Quetzalcoatl was believed by the Aztec to be the creator of mankind. He is represented by a feathered serpent and is frequently depicted in Aztec art.

Itzpapalotltotec was the goddess of sacrifice. Her name means Obsidian Butterfly, and she ruled over Tamoanchan, the paradise of victims of infant mortality.

Cinteotl was one of several gods of maize. He is associated with maize and subsistence and often depicted as a young man with a yellow body.