The Major Aztec Gods, Part II

David Bowles
8 min readOct 22, 2023

Here’s the second of several planned articles on the origins of the names of major Aztec gods. By Aztec, I mean the three major Nahua groups that formed the Triple Alliance of Anahuac: the Mexica, the Acolhua, and the Tepaneca. Their state religion (centered on the sacred plaza of Tenochtitlan) brought together gods from all over Mesoamerica into a synthetic pantheon, obscuring the origins of some.

But I’m taking a quick look at these major Mesoamerican deities from a linguistic perspective in alphabetical order, though the children and siblings of gods may get discussed as I…

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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.