Centzonmīmixcōa

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In Aztec mythology, the Centzonmīmixcōa (Nahuatl pronunciation: [sentsonmiːmiʃˈkoːaʔ] or Centzon Mīmixcōa: the "Four Hundred alike Mixcōātl") are the gods of the northern stars.

The Aztec gods of the southern stars are the Centzonhuītznāhua.

According to the Manuscript of 1558, section 6, these 400 'Cloud-Serpents' were divinely slain [= transformed into stars] in this wise; of their five protagonists:

  • Cuāuhtli-icohuauh ('Eagle's Twin') "hid inside a tree";
  • Mix-cōātl ('Cloud Serpent') "hid within the earth";
  • Tlo-tepētl ('Hawk Mountain') "hid within a hill";
  • Apan-teuctli ('River Lord') "hid in the water";
  • their sister, Cuetlach-cihuatl, "hid in the ball court."

From this ambuscade, these 5 slew the 400.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miguel León-Portilla & Earl Shorris: In the Language of Kings. Norton & Co., NY, 2001. p. 60