Aztec Creation Myth Analysis

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Many cultures have different beliefs and different stories of how the world was created but the Aztec creation story is an interesting story to read. According to the myth the Aztecs have a story in which deals with the elements and how they came to be. The Aztec Creation Myth contains the following archetypes: the ritual, The unhealable wound, the battle between good and evil, and the task. The Aztec myth starts with a dual god named Ometecuhtli/ Omecihuatl creating themselves then he/she has kids (Huitzilopochtli, Quetzalcoatl, Tezcatlipoca, and Xipe Totec) who represent the four directions. They had created water but also a monster named Cipactli even though they knew that Cipactli would become a source to the cosmos in a strange way. They had killed it as…show more content…
The ritual are ceremonies that mark the right of passage into another state. In the story there was an example of the ritual “A great fire was built...Nanahuatzin did jump in… two suns began to rise in the east.” This showed that the gods sacrificed themselves to become a sun. The unhealable wound is psychological or physical wound that cannot be fully recovered. An example of this is “she fought back, biting tezcatlipoca and tearing off his foot.” this shows that he will barely recover from an injury like that. The battle between good and evil is cipatli versus the four gods. “Their creations would be eaten by Cipatli… The four gods attacked the sea monster and she was at last destroyed.” this is an example of good versus evil because the four gods fight an entity of evil. The task is a goal to complete the world or become the sun. “To complete the world, the great source of energy had to be created- the sun. This is the key to the cycles in the Aztec creation story.” this last archetype shows that the task for the gods is to make a sun in order to make a world for their

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