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:lotcora: I am Citlali, the author of New Fire and other random short stories focused chiefly on latine/ latinx queers. I write fantasy, steampunk, solarpunk, speculative fic, & romance.

This is my official public account where I will be just slightly less of a disaster.

This account will feature updates on writing, project announcements, share research, share character profiles, and world building.




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@star Smoking Mirror is one hell of an evocative name. *shiver*

:lotalac: Cualli teotlac, mimichtin!🐠 Hello and welcome again to another thread about The Aztec Empire! I really should come up with a name for this series 🤔 Any suggestions?

Today we will be discussing a topic often brought up in media with about 0% understanding of the source or lore: The fierce and mighty gods and goddesses of the Mexica Pantheon :sugarskull:

As always: Questions and comments encouraged! And if you can spare it, please tip the writer! ko-fi.com/Q5Q586SG

:lotalac: No topic poll this week, y'all.

Since its been requested multiple times, next week's topic is Medicine: Practices and Drugs 💊 💉

:lotalac: No topic poll this week, y'all.

Since its been requested multiple times, next week's topic is Medicine: Practices and Drugs 💊 💉

learning a dead language to say Fuck You to Spain and the Catholic Church for the erasure of my ancestors is praxis

@popstar fuck yes. Every time you greet us mimitchin I feel so happy.

:lotcora: On that note, I am exhausted so lets wrap it up!

*Tezcatlipoca got the raw end of a lot of situations early in life and has kind of a temper
*If you want to yell FUCK YOU at the sun this summer, make sure you address it to Huitzilopochtli, our current sun!
*Tlaloc probably eats babies
*Somehow Tezcatlipoca and Xochiquetzal are the Mexica's Hades and Persephone?
*Don't trust crocodiles
*✨ If you can spare it, TIP THE WRITER! ko-fi.com/Q5Q586SG :420:

Thank's y'all!

Hey artists.

Please don't put dreamcatchers in your art unless it's actively supposed to be about native American spiritualism.

Because I've seen some of you use them for ~aesthetic~ and I'd like to ask you to not.

I don't care how ~dreamy~ your shit is, stop using my culture out of context.

@MoMartin As for cultural exchange, we know they had some impact on them because of found skulls between both territories indicating similar body modifications. Both cultures' nobility practiced (to varying degrees) head reshaping, tooth filing, and embedding precious stones into teeth.

CW on the images for bones, skulls, teeth

@MoMartin Why they didn't conquer further south is a bit unknown. Maybe they Maya didnt present as much of a threat to them as did other nearby territories.

We know for sure that they did trade frequently tho! The biggest clue to this is cocoa beans, which didn't grow as far north as the Mexica Empire. Other things they traded for were quetzal feathers, symbols of their gods.

@MoMartin Okay, I actually have complex thoughts now! Lets see.

First of all, there's sort of a flaw with the thinking here that's very common. Past the Classic period, the Mayans weren't a political empire the same way the Aztecs were, but a very wide spread and loosely held together culture. There was no one singular Mayab kingdom to conquer by the time the Aztecs had become a formidable force of conquest.

They is evidence that the Mexica did conquer some of their territory, tho.

@popstar This is my borrowed bias from my wife's Yucatecan family, but what really interests me about the Mexica is that the Mayab is on their southern border. Like, here's this strong, martial empire on the rise, growing stronger every day, but meanwhile, they just can't quite crack this society that (by the accounts I've seen) was in a sort of long decline. And the cultural and economic exchange between them I'd like to know more about. Any thoughts?

For those of you interested in my birb posting, this lil guy is the Resplendent Quetzal, an important symbol in many South American cultures throughout history. Their feathers were thought to be the symbols of the Aztecs' gods, and they were highly revered birds.

They don't do well in captivity, and honestly after seeing photos of them in flight, it makes it so easy to imagine why so many cultures believes in flying feathered serpents.

⭐ Also! Congrats to @hope @matias93 @twistylittlepassages and @RadiantEmber for getting my questions right! Good job ⭐ ⭐ Y'all should definitely check all these super cool people out and give them a follow ⭐ ⭐

that went on far too long i am fucking exhausted lmao

:lotcora: On that note, I am exhausted so lets wrap it up!

*Tezcatlipoca got the raw end of a lot of situations early in life and has kind of a temper
*If you want to yell FUCK YOU at the sun this summer, make sure you address it to Huitzilopochtli, our current sun!
*Tlaloc probably eats babies
*Somehow Tezcatlipoca and Xochiquetzal are the Mexica's Hades and Persephone?
*Don't trust crocodiles
*✨ If you can spare it, TIP THE WRITER! ko-fi.com/Q5Q586SG :420:

Thank's y'all!

Mictlancihuatl, the Queen of Mictlan, watched over and took care of the bones of the dead while her husband traveled across his kingdom watching the warriors fight their way through the 9 layers of Mictlan in order to reach peace.

The only souls exempt from this journey were those that died violently in storms, by drowning, or, interestingly enough, during childbirth. Birth was considered war, and those that died during it were warriors.

Mictlāntēcutli and Mictlancihuatl: The King and Queen of the underworld, Mictlan. Tragically, there isn't a lot on either of these two despite them being principal gods in the mythos. Its assumed that the Catholic church destroyed much of this information and conflated him with the Christian devil.

We know he presided over all three types of souls (Normal deaths, heroic, non heroic) lacked in special morality. Mictlan was for everyone, truly the greatest equalizer.

Xochiquetzal: "Precious Flower Feather" An unusually straightforward goddess, she is always depicted as a young, beautiful maiden bedecked in flowers and jewels. In some myths, she is thought to have been Tlaloc's first wife seduced away from him by Tezcatlipoca and forced to marry him. Its interesting then that it was Tezcatlipoca who elevated her to a full goddess who presided over love, beauty, young girls, sexuality, and the arts.

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