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Aztec Copal Burner (quetzalcoatl tripod)

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Aztec Copal Burner (quetzalcoatl tripod)

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Copal incense an aromatic tree resin was known to the Aztecs as food for the gods. The sacred "copalli" (in the original Nahuatl language) was considered "blood" of trees and was burned atop the Aztec pyramids as an offering to the deities.


Copal incense also served as an integral part of ceremonies designed to bring good harvests. The ceremonies consisted of dripping sacrificial blood on copal that is then used to cense seed maize before planting.


Divination ceremonies also used copal incense. Patterns in the smoke were interpreted by a shaman who cast fourteen grains of corn through the smoke onto a cloth. The shaman would then interpret meaning based on the patterns the corn produced as it was cast through the smoke and where the corn grains fall.



The proper method to burn copal is to place sand in a purified vessel. Burning coals are then placed atop the sand and the appropriate deities are politely "invited" to partake in the feast. Only then can copal be placed on the burning coals.



Aztec Pottery show a Jesus and Lucifer also existed in the Americas



Surprisingly, the shape-shifting ancient Aztec gods lived on long after the conquistadors destroyed the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and imposed Catholic Christian culture and doctrines.

Lucifer in the Americas



Whereas Quetzalcoatl, known s the Plumed Serpent, was a civilizing cultural hero who introduced man to maize, Tezcatlipoca was a god of war who brought men into a cycle of destruction and new creation.

Tezcatlipoca, the god of fate and bringer of dissent and vice, was likened to Lucifer in the Christian custom by the Spanish conquistadors and priests who destroyed the Aztec empire.

To the Aztecs, Tezcatlipoca was a creator divinity and shared the credit with Quetzalcoatl for the creation of the world from the body of the Earth Monster.

Tezcatlipoca’s cult goes back at least as far as the Toltecs (c. 950 CE). They told a tale of a mirror of dark obsidian glass that could predict famine. At a time of great need, when people were starving in the land, Tezcatlipoca found and hid this mirror in order to keep up the people’s distress.

Known as the Lord of the Smoking Mirror, Tezcatlipoca was believed to wear a mirror of the volcanic glass obsidian in the back of his head and was often depicted in Aztec pottery and Aztec masks. Sometimes he was also said to have a mirror in place of one of his feet.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Plumed Aztec Serpent



In an unlikely matrimony of faiths, the Plumed Aztec Serpent became closely associated with Jesus Christ.

To their surprise, Spanish monks found that the conquered Aztecs were quick to take to the new Christian faith. The Aztecs appear to have seen in the worship of Jesus Christ a similarity to the worship of the Plumed Aztec Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. They also saw that Jesus’ teachings on brotherly love were in harmony with the ancient god Quetzalcoatl’s pious and peaceful views on how government should function. And, the Christian idea of the second coming of Christ clearly resonated with the ancient Aztec myth of Quetzalcoatl’s departure and promised return. In an unlikely marriage of faiths, the Plumed Aztec Serpent became closely associated with Jesus Christ.

The Aztecs also adapted Roman Catholic Christian practices to the old faiths and continued to follow aspects of the old religion by smartly disguising their meaning from the Christian monks. Old Aztec gods were coupled to Christian saints, Tlaloc the Aztec god of rain was revered under the guise of St. John the Baptist. Traditional practices were also aligned with Christian festivals; the yearly visit to the graves of the ancestors was carried out on All Souls’ Day. This holiday now known as the “Day of the Dead” is still practiced throughout Mexican Aztec lands.


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Unique piece, only 1 available


Hand made in Mexico by decendants of the Aztec Expire of fired clay and properly purified.


5.5" tall x 8.5" diameter, weight = 6 lbs.


Teripod depicting three skulls around the center and three quetzalcoatl serpents as legs.

This is a hand made pottery object, slight imperfections may exist


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