Aztec Religion Research Paper

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Important deities for the Aztecs were Tlaloc the god of rain, Huitzilopochtli the patron of the Mexican tribe, Quetzalcoatl the culture hero and the god of civilization and order, and Tezcatlipoca the god of destiny and fortune, connected with war and sorcery. They each had their own temple within the Aztec capital. Their religion was controlled by the Tlatoani and the high priests governing the main temples in the ceremonial precinct of the Aztec capital. On the feast of Huey Tozoztli, the ruler himself ascended Mount Tlaloc and engaged in auto sacrifice in order to petition the rains. Each level throughout society had their own rituals and deities whom played their part in the larger ritual communities. An example would be the class of Pochteca

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