Nahua Duality and “Ometeotl”

David Bowles
8 min readOct 9, 2023

It’s become popular to deny that the Dual God Ometeotl was ever a thing. Many folks argue that scholar Miguel León-Portilla invented the deity to support what he wanted to believe about Aztec religion.

And I agree that Dr. León-Portilla was absolutely wrong to affirm that there was a seldom-mentioned, secretly worshipped supreme Aztec creator deity. The evidence is overwhelming that in the Triple Alliance, three gods led the pantheon: Huitzilopochtli, Tezcatlipoca, and Tlaloc. And creation had been carried out under the supervision of Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca. The other…

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.