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Fiamma
May 20th, 2007, 06:59 PM
(pronounced tohn-a-tee-oo)


In Aztec mythology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_mythology), Tonatiuh (Nahuatl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahuatl_language): Ollin Tonatiuh "Movement of the Sun") was the sun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun) god. The Aztec (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec) people considered him the leader of Tollan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tollan), their heaven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven). He was also known as the fifth sun, because the Aztecs believed that he was the sun that took over when the fourth sun was expelled from the sky. According to their cosmology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmology), each sun was a god with its own cosmic era. According to the Aztecs, they were still in Tonatiuh's era.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonatiuh
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/mythology/tonatiuh.html
http://www.azteccalendar.com/god/Tonatiuh.html
http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/aztec-mythology.php?deity=TONATIUH
http://atheism.about.com/od/aztecgodsgoddesses/p/TonatiuhAztec.htm

As with Itzpapalotl, the information widely available is limited and repetitive. (This tends to happen with a lot of Mesoamerican deities)

Agaliha
May 20th, 2007, 07:26 PM
:thumbsup:


As with Itzpapalotl, the information widely available is limited and repetitive. (This tends to happen with a lot of Mesoamerican deities)


Yeah, too bad. Plus tons of materials were destroyed when the Spanish came. Temples, books, artifacts. :sadman: I find the pantheon, mythology and culture to be facinating though.

Fiamma
May 20th, 2007, 08:00 PM
:thumbsup:


Yeah, too bad. Plus tons of materials were destroyed when the Spanish came. Temples, books, artifacts. :sadman: I find the pantheon, mythology and culture to be facinating though.


Heh...methinks I've learned my lesson and will go with better-documented deities from now on :-)

Agaliha
May 20th, 2007, 08:16 PM
Heh...methinks I've learned my lesson and will go with better-documented deities from now on :-)

Perhaps Quetzalcoatl next time? :huh:
It's tricky to do these Deity of the Weeks with the pantheons with less info, but I still try. Unless they're just a one lined blurb on a page, which many are. I know people want to learn more about these pantheons, but sadly there's not much info!

RavenStars
May 21st, 2007, 12:10 AM
I see some value of going with lesser known dieties. Maybe not obscure, but something to broaden exposure to other belief systems is a good thing. Thank you for all your work on this.