Tlaloc : The God Of Rain Essay

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Tlaloc: The God of Rain
Existing between the periods between 1345 to its forceful capture in 1345, the Aztec civilization began with the creation of its thriving city of Teotihuacan. Like their predecessors, the Mayans, the Aztecs were deeply intoned with their polytheistic belief of powerful deities. One such deity, Tlaloc, god of rain and earth, was held in high regard. Tlaloc was thought to form a union with Huitzilopochtli, the god of sun and war in Aztec mythology. They shared the Templo Mayor, an iconic, twin temple pyramid featured in the center of the city of Teotihuacan. This signified a union of the two seasons of the tropical world, wet and dry (Miller 249), and thus bought legitimacy to the new civilization of the Aztecs. The pair of Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli symbolized those two key seasons in the Aztecs culture; therefore, combining the two deities atop the Templo Mayor served to made Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli the center of Aztec religion (249). Although, Archaeological evidence suggests that Tlaloc existed before the Aztecs settles in Teotihuacan. Ceramics depicting a water deity dated back to the 1st century BC in Eastern Mexico (God of the Month: Tlaloc).
Apart from solely being the god of rain, Tlaloc is, by extension, the god of rain and fertility. In the Aztec civilization, he was thought to be responsible for giving life to the earth. This included crops, for which Tlaloc was worshipped because the Aztecs believed he would bring a plentiful harvest to…

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