Browse Exhibits (41 total)

Quetzalcoatl

An exhibit showcasing the various forms and their associated iconography of the Aztec god, Queztalcoatl.

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Tlazolteotl

An exhibit exploring the iconography of Tlazolteotl and her relationship with Toci, an Aztec goddess who is frequently associated with Tlazolteotl.

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Toci

Toci, goddess of Earth and its Fertility. Otherwise known as "Our Grandmother" and related to Teteo-Innan, "Mother of all Gods". Associated with medicine and medicinal plants. Patroness of healers, midwifes and sweatbaths.

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Mixcoatl

Mixcoatl is a deity associated primarily with hunting and warfare. He is also linked with the Milky Way Galaxy in some sources, as well as with fire. His name is derived from the Nahuatl terms "Mixtli" and "Coatl" which can be translated to cloud and serpent, respectively. He is most consistently depicted carrying tools which would be useful in his capacities as a prodigious hunter and warrior. Additionally, he is often depicted as having red and white stripes on his skin, which have been interpreted as having either been painted on, or lacerated onto his chalked skin. Both explanations relate to the sacrificial traditions for Mixcoatl's feast day, which is observed in late November, and includes the sacrifice of a man and a woman at his temple, who would have been striped in the same way he is depicted as being. Also, his festival included a large hunt. 

 

He is alternately known as "Camaxtli" in the more ancient traditions which informed the Mexica understanding of Mixcoatl. "Camaxtli" is derived from words which mean "deer" (Camax) and "sandal" (Tlatl), which is a fitting epithet for a deity often depicted wearing costume elements fashioned from deer pelts. Camaxtli was a chief deity in some of those older traditions, most exaltedly so in the Otomi civilizations. 

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Xipe Totec

An exhibit showing the iconography and variety in form of the Aztec god Xipe Totec. Zipe Totec is the deity associated with goldsmiths, agriculture, vegitation, and warfare.

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Chalchiuhtlicue

Chalchiuhtlicue, or "she of the jade skirt," is an Aztec water and fertility goddess. This is an analysis of her iconography in several Aztec sources. 

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Macuilxochitl

This exhibit disscusses Macuilxochitl, the Aztec god of music, dance, flowers, and games.

Tlaloc

This exhibit will highlight and elaborate on Tlaloc's iconography and cultural role by examining a ritual water pot and his different representations among codices. 

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