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(Aztec Deity)TONATIUH

Tonalli : QUIAHUITL (rain)
Trecena : MIQUIZTLI (1 Death - 13 Flint)
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Arrogant, nasty, greedy and rude. Just some of the words that sum up the stuck up sun God. He wasn't always obnoxious ..

Before the dawn of the fifth world, the Gods gathered in total darkness to decide who would have the honor, and i use the term loosely, of throwing themselves onto a huge fire.

To all and sundry

You are hereby cordially invited to come and light up our world. Meet us at the big fire. All applicants will be considered.

Dress code : Whatever, you're only going to burn.

signed : The Gods.

Suprisingly, as tempting as this invitation sounds, there were very few volunteers.

"I don't understand it, i thought they would be banging the temple door down, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Ok boys, stoke the fires and get those flames nice and toasty. At least two patsies turned up!"

There was Tecuciztecatl dressed as a hummingbird and dripping with bling. Four times he tried and four times he bottled it. Hummingbird? .. more like a chicken!

Which only left a little feeble God-of-not-very-much, dressed in a garment made from swamp reeds, mishapen, ugly and covered in scabs.

"Oh dear, What are we going to do now?" one God whispered to the others."Well, there's only one thing we can do, really" ..

"O' Scabby One, be thou he who brings back the Sun!"
Yelled the Gods in unison.

Overcome with emotion at feeling wanted for the first time in his life, Nanautzin threw himself into the flames then rose into the sky to become the fifth sun. Unfortunately, all of the attention went straight to his head and in no time at all he was making all kinds of ridiculous demands such as, "give me human sacrifice, i demand still beating hearts freshly removed from the chest, or i will not budge. You'll be sorry". Obviously this is not what the Gods expected nor wanted and Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli sought to put a stop to it.

Out of shame Tecuciztecatl followed Nanautzin into the flames and was beaten black and blue by a rabbit for his troubles.

See Nanautzin.
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'Tonatiuh' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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