Each of these Suns went on for a 52 year period before they ended, but with each new creation the Aztec gods tried learning from previous mistakes. When creating the world of the 5th sun two hills were created for the gods Tecuciztecatl and Nanahuatzin to reside on as they had been chosen to bring about the new world. As said by Karl Taube “Two hills are made for Tecuciztecatl and Nanahuatzin to fast and do penance while the sacrificial pyre is prepared, and these can still be seen today as the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.” (Aztec and Maya Myths, page 41) ; which shows the significance of the two pyramids to the Aztec, as the supernatural power that comes for them is the point in which heaven, earth, and hell met. The two gods jumped into the pyre with one becoming the sun and the other becoming the moon.
After the fight is over, the good mind boy creates the sun with an orb from the deceased woman’s head. He also takes other body parts to help make his creation of earth. In Genesis the creator is God, a man not a woman. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the earth.
Afterwards, the Creating Power brought out all the animals and plants from his pipe bag and used the earth to form humans. He brought all the creatures and humans to life and assigned them to their tribes. After he finished with his creation of the current world, the Creating Power explained to the humans that this is not the first world he created, but the third. Further, he explained that the people in the first world misbehaved inappropriately, so he decided to scorch the world.
For this reason, the Aztecs called themselves the "people of the sun". 1.2: The sun was said to be a warrior who fought each night against the forces of darkness, and the survival of the universe depended upon the sun winning these battles. Huitzilopochtli is said to be an incarnation
The main gods then created less powerful gods who ruled different aspects of the Earth like Utu and Nanna, gods of the sun and moon, respectively. Not knowing much on how the world worked, religion filled in the blanks for people living in Mesopotamia. Their gods had divine ruling and conducted every natural action -- including forces of nature, life and death, good and evil etc. Ziggurat, a local temple, was where everyone met to praise the gods.
The Aztecs’ main god was the sun or Huitzilopochtli. They believed that the sun needed constant replenishment so that it could move across the earth everyday and prevent the world from ending. However, the only way to keep this from happening, and provide mobility for the sun was to offer human sacrifices; he needed human flesh and blood. This accounts for the human sacrifices that the Aztecs had as well as the many festivals, which their ultimate goal to sacrifice humans for Huitzilopochtli and other gods as well. It is important to point that the Aztecs believed that they were living in the 5th and last era, but that they needed to keep the world from ending.
The Aztec lifestyle had changed drastically due to the significant rise in aztec slavery, which affected the social status, and changed their religion for the worse. The Aztec population was a very vast, well educated group of people who weren't custom to change. The large group was always very hostile when it came to battle, and would usually succeed and come out victorious because of the demand for blood shed for their gods. The Aztec people, a proud group, had been unwillingly crushed by the spanish warriors. Loosing their ways of life such as their right to religion, freedom and social status.
According to the legend, the first people of the Fifth World were given four lights but were dissatisfied with the amount of light they had on Earth. After many endeavors to slake the people, the First Woman engendered the sun to bring warmth and light to the land, and the moon to provide coolness and moisture. These were crafted from quartz, and, when there were bits of quartz that were left behind by the carving, they were tossed into the firmament to make stars. Like the Navajo, the Hopi believe there were worlds afore this one. The modern era is believed to be the Fourth World, and each world that came afore this one ended with the appearance of “the blue star.”
In Aztec religion there was not only one sun. There also was many more sun gods over the ages. It is kind of like looking at mexican presidents some were more complicated than others were. To make this seem more confusing the empire was actually a mosaic of many cultures so that means it was a combination of more than one religions. In Aztec religion there were 5 ages or “5 suns”.
Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt were two early human civilizations that lived during the bronze age in harsh desert environments located not far from each other. Both civilizations were built around rivers that they depended on for survival. There is evidence that these rivers had great influence on both the societies politics and culture. Egypt was built around the very strong and reliable Nile River. Ancient Mesopotamia was established in the fertile crescent between the less reliable Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
Hands: Alot of the art had been religion related. The gods were portrayed as various kinds of animals. On top of that the drawings of gods were colorful and sharp. Alot of the art made by Aztecs were lifelike. It was said that the statues were very realistic.
The Epic of Gilgamesh: Relevant Truth for Today’s Society The Epic of Gilgamesh is set in Uruk, an ancient city of the ancient Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer, now modern-day Iraq. The epic was said to be written by Sin-liqe-unninni, but it is based on five earlier Sumerian poems with no known author. The piece was difficult to translate, and there are two main version for the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is the result of the environment during the time the piece was being written.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest story known to mankind, being written on Sumerian clay almost five thousand years ago (Garone). Since the story was originally known orally, the culture and themes from The Epic of Gilgamesh must have existed long before it was finally inscribed (Mark 4). Having known this, the cultures and themes can be compared to today’s society, discovering about how they have shifted and evolved, and also observe how they are similar. The ancient days of Gilgamesh has brought culture that has greatly influenced today’s society. Because Gilgamesh was set around the time of late Babylonian or early Sumerian society, the Babylonian and Sumerian cultures also play a role in shaping the world into what is is today (Mark).