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Old 13-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #534
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Classical Nahuatl: Tlālōc was an important deity in Aztec religion; a god of rain, fertility, and water.. He was a beneficent god who gave life and sustenance, but he was also feared for his ability to send hail, thunder, and lightning, and for being the lord of the powerful element of water.. Tlaloc is also associated with caves, springs, and mountains, in which he was believed to reside.. He is known for having demanded child sacrifices..The cult of Tlaloc is one of the oldest and most universal in ancient Mexico. Although the name is Aztec, the idea of a storm god especially identified with mountaintop shrines and with life-giving rain is as old as Teotihuacan. Tlaloc means "he who is the embodiment of the earth..In Aztec cosmology, the 4 corners of the universe are marked by "the 4 Tlalocs" which both hold up the sky and function as the frame for the passing of time.. Tlaloc was the patron of the Calendar day Mazatl.. In Aztec mythology, Tlaloc was the lord of the 3rd sun which was destroyed by fire..The Nahua believed that Huitzilopochtli could provide them with fair weather for their crops and they placed an image of Tlaloc, who was the rain-god, near him so that if necessary, the war god could compel the rain maker to exert his powers...

The "Atlcahualo" was celebrated from the 12th of Feb until the 3rd of March. Dedicated to the Tlaloque, this veintena involved the sacrifice of many children on sacred mountaintops. The children were beautifully adorned, dressed in the style of Tlaloc and the Tlaloque. On litters strewn with flowers and feathers; surrounded by dancers, they were transported to a shrine and their hearts would be pulled out by priests. If, on the way to the shrine, these children cried, their tears were viewed as signs of imminent and abundant rains.. Every festival, 7 children were sacrificed in and around Lake Texcoco in the Aztec capital.. They were either slaves or the 2nd-born children of nobles..The festival of Tozoztontli (24 March – 12 April) similarly involved child sacrifice. During this festival, offerings were made in caves.. The flayed skins of sacrificial victims that had been worn by priests for the last 20 days were taken off and placed in these dark, magical caverns... says the just came alive and took him.. The old woman in the village crossed themselves...and whispered crazy things, strange things.."El Diablo cazador de hombres "...

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