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YMMV: Aztec Mythology
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: the groups of Mesoamerica in general worshipped more or less the same gods but giving them their own spin. For instance, the Chichimec worshipped Tlazolteotl (to the Aztecs a very complex sexual goddess related to sin and forgiveness) as Itzpapálotl, a female warrior goddess. This also explains why there are several sun gods (Tonatiuh and Huitzilopochtli, as even Tezcatlipoca sometimes), several moon gods (Nanahuatzin and Coyolhauxqui) and an unspecified number of deities for the Morning Star (Tlahuizcanpantecuhtli —now that's a mouthful, Xolotl and Quetzalcoatl). Some belive that the most complex figures, like Tezcatlipoca and Xipe Totec come from Toltec culture, whereas other gods such as Huitzilopochtli are the tribal gods from the Aztec's past in Aztlan.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The ruling Mexica of Tenochtitlan considered Huitzilopochtli their patron.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tezcatlipoca, in spades.
  • Never Live It Down: The whole mythology tends to be overshadowed by the sacrifices.
  • Values Dissonance: Oh hells yes. None of the gods are really "good" or "evil," and while people from most other cultures are horrified at the vast number of bloody sacrifices the religion entailed, they were seen as absolutely necessary to the practitioners. For instance, the reason for the child sacrifices to Tlaloc? To make sure there'd be rain. Ripping out hearts? Make sure the sun keeps moving across the sky. People being flayed alive? Otherwise the corn won't grow and everyone will starve.

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