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Aztec mythology by NatashaSolo Aztec mythology by NatashaSolo

Aztec mythology is the body or collection of myths of Aztec civilization of Central Mexico.[1] The Aztecs were Nahuatl speaking groups living in central Mexico and much of their mythology is similar to that of other Mesoamerican cultures. According to legend, the various groups who were to become the Aztecs arrived from the north into the Anahuac valley around Lake Texcoco. The location of this valley and lake of destination is clear – it is the heart of modern Mexico City – but little can be known with certainty about the origin of the Aztec. There are different accounts of their origin. In the myth the ancestors of the Mexica/Aztec came from a place in the north called Aztlan, the last of seven nahuatlacas (Nahuatl-speaking tribes, from tlaca, "man") to make the journey southward, hence their name "Azteca." Other accounts cite their origin in Chicomoztoc, "the place of the seven caves," or at Tamoanchan (the legendary origin of all civilizations).

The Mexica/Aztec were said to be guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, meaning "Left-handed Hummingbird" or "Hummingbird from the South." At an island in Lake Texcoco, they saw an eagleholding a rattlesnake in its talons, perched on a nopal cactus. This vision fulfilled a prophecy telling them that they should found their new home on that spot. The Aztecs built their city ofTenochtitlan on that site, building a great artificial island, which today is in the center of Mexico City. This legendary vision is pictured on the Coat of Arms of Mexico.

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schnarre Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
...Very nice portrayals! Good use of color too! :)
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous.
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matarioshka Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job!
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NatashaSolo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks)) I'v happy)
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NewCityScum Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool! Aztec mythology is really interesting :) I've had a bit of a fascination with it over the last couple of years. Neat stuff indeed! :heart:
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NatashaSolo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you)) I am pleased to meet connoisseur this topic. I am sorry that I rarely sit down at a digital painting lately. But there are still a couple of gods on the queue)).
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