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Tezcatlipoca, Aztec God Of Night, Codex
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Tezcatlipoca was a central deity in Aztec religion. He is associated with a wide range of concepts, including the night sky, the night winds, hurricanes, the north, the earth, obsidian, enmity, discord, rulership, divination, temptation, jaguars, sorcery, beauty, war and strife. Tezcatlipoca is often portrayed as a jaugar, His name, "smoking mirror," comes from the black obsidian used by Aztec priests for looking into the future. The Tezcatlipoca figure goes back to earlier Mesoamerican deities worshipped by the Olmec and Maya. The Codex Borbonicus is an Aztec codex written by Aztec priests shortly before or after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Like all pre-Columbian codices, it was originally entirely pictorial in nature, although some Spanish descriptions were later added. There is dispute as to whether the Codex Borbonicus is pre-Columbian, as the calendar pictures all contain room above them for Spanish descriptions.
March 14th, 2013
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