The Aztec gods of the southern stars are the Centzonuitznaua.
According to the Manuscript of 1558, section 6, these 400 'Cloud-Serpents' were divinely slain [= transformed into stars] in this wise :- of their protagonists 4,
- Quauhtli-icohuauh ('Eagle's Twin') "hid inside a tree";
- Mix-coatl ('Cloud Serpent') "hid within the earth";
- Tlo-tepetl ('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 4 slew the 400.
- Miguel León-Portilla & Earl Shorris : In the Language of Kings. Norton & Co., NY, 2001. p. 60
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