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Aztec Goddess of Fertility (Tlazolteot)

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The Aztec Creation of the World

The creation of the pre Columbian world is commonly depicted in Aztec artwork. It chronicles how gods have created the world five times.

In the beginning from total void and darkness Ometecutli ("Lord of Duality") created himself. The Lord of Duality was a union of opposites: good and bad, chaos and order, male and female person. Being both male and female ("Lord and Lady of Duality"), Ometecutli was capable of conceiving children. The union of the Male and Female Lords of Duality produced four god-children; Huizilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca and Xipe Totec. Each child became a god in this world and was assigned one of the four cardinal directions (north, south, east and west).

Four ages, or "suns" of 2028 years ensued. Each of these "births of the world" was ended with great destruction due to the infighting among the gods as they faught among each other for power. All persons in each of the previous four suns were destroyed or or converted to something else.

In the darkness after the end of the fourth sun, Quetzalcoatl (known as the plumed serpent) went down into the underworld to bring up the bones of the dead. They would be used to bring to life the people who would live in the pre Columbian "fifth sun". In this fifth current sun Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca, gods ancient and powerful together recreated heaven, earth, and all inhabitants.

The pre Columbian Aztecs, also known as Mexica believed that the god Huitzilopochtli himself intervened in their behalf bestowing his blessings upon them and allowed them to conquer and rule. Through his direction the mighty Aztec empire grew.

But the world was a precarious and fluid place, the sun could not move on its own. As a matter of fact, when it first came into the sky, it couldn't move at all. \o remedy this situation, the gods themselves had to perform blood sacrifices to energize the sun and allow it to carry on its daily journey. And now, humans needed to repay the debt, and keep the sun moving, with their own blood sacrifices. Thus the sun required both the blood of gods and humans to continue its journey. And, it was Huitzilopochtli, the great warrior god in particular who fought for the sun. Warriors, gods and human alike, fought to offer up sustenance to allow the sun to rize every day and keep moving across the sky.

These scenes are depicted in Aztec artwork such as the Aztec sun stone, etched in stone on temples, in pottery and other items today used as Mexican style decor.

Aztec artwork in use today as Mexican style decor includes ceremonial items used by Aztec shamans to call forth the Aztec gods. Each ceremony began with the burning of the sacred copal, a tree resin believed to be the "blood" of trees, in ceramics that had been purified.

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Aztec Goddess of Fertility (Tlazolteot) during childbirth in her mother goddess aspect.. Hand made in Mexico by decendants of the Aztec Empire from fired clay and encrusted with jadestones. 8.5" tall x 6" wide, weight = 2 lbs. As with intricate hand made objects, slight imperfections exist.

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