Aztec Gods

Aztec gods – The role of Religion
Aztec gods and goddesses are numerous. There was a god for almost every purpose and aspect of life in the Aztec culture. Religion was a very important part of the civilization and it was woven into their daily practices, beliefs, ceremonies, and dress. Many sources list more than a hundred different gods or goddesses, while others list dozens more.

Aztec gods – The role of gods
Aztec rulers were considered to be the embodiment of their gods and were thought to know the disposition and will of the Aztec gods. Among the many, their three main gods were Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc, and Tezcatlipoca. Huitzilopochtli, as with others, could only be appeased by the blood of human sacrifice. His great temple was on atop the pyramid in Tenochtitlan.

Victims (many captured in battle) were beheaded and the heads were displayed as trophies on what is called a great rack or wall. Others sacrificed thought it a great honor and volunteered. It is thought that more than 20,000 were ritualistically killed in a 4 day celebration of the temple’s completion.

Other gods and goddesses include:

  • Atlacoya -- goddess of drought
  • Chiconahui – a domestic fertility goddess
  • Citlalicue – a creator of the stars
  • Cipactonal – god of astrology, sorcery (witchcraft)
  • Oxomoco – goddess of astrology
  • Xochiquezal – goddess of female sexuality, prostitutes, pleasure
  • Patecatl – god of healing and creator of peyote (a hallucinogenic)
Tezcatlipoca was the god of darkness, deceit, and sorcery. Much of the Aztec beliefs and religion were centered on the dark side. Their pagan practices led them into what are actually satanic rituals and customs.

Aztec gods – The comparison
Unlike the God of Judaism and Christianity, who is a God of love, grace and redemption, many Aztec gods were about brutal violence and war. Also in contrast to Aztec gods, the Christian God created all things and saw the need for a one-time only sacrifice.

Because all have sinned (through original sin in the Garden of Eden), God came to earth in the human form of His Son, Jesus Christ. He was the sacrificial Lamb, atoning for the sins of the whole human race. Through His sacrifice, we all are offered this free gift if we turn away from our dark pagan ways; we can reap the promise of spending eternity with the sole deity who created and controls all that the Aztecs thought their gods did. Below, view a few of the biblical verses that address some of the Aztec beliefs and the Christian counterpoints.

  • Genesis 1 (creation of all things, stars, water, wind, etc.)
  • Jeremiah 17:8 (drought)
  • Isaiah 47:8-15, Galatians 5:19-21 (sorcery and astrology)
  • Proverbs 6:25-26, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 18 (sexual pleasure, prostitutes)
  • Matthew 4:23 and Luke 9:11 (healing)

Learn More!
WHAT DO YOU THINK? - We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus

Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus

I still have questions






Facebook   YouTube   Twitter   Google+   RSS Feed




READ MORE

LEARN MORE