Aztec Mythology: Creation and Fall of the Giants

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What is the purpose of offering blood every fifty-two years according to the Aztecs?

To thank the gods

Which deity was both male and female, and produced four sons in the Aztec mythology?


What did Tezcatlipoca do after the gods created the Sun?

He decided to become the first Sun

What is the significance of the number four in Aztec mythology?

It signifies the destruction of suns

What is the role of Tezcatlipoca in the creation myth?

He snatched away the Sun to become the first Sun

What is the significance of offering blood every fifty-two years in Aztec culture?

To appease the gods and prevent disasters

What did Quetzalcoatl do to Tezcatlipoca to take his place as the Sun?

Knocked him out of the firmament with a great stick

What happened to the giants at the end of the age of the first Sun?

They were eaten by a jaguar

What was the result of Tezcatlipoca kicking the Sun?

Quetzalcoatl became a hurricane and blew away almost all of the people

What caused the end of the age of the Third Sun?

A great rain of fire and burning stones sent by Quetzalcoatl

What happened after the great flood?

Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca descended in the form of serpents

What did Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca do to the earth monster after putting aside their differences?

Pulled her in all four directions until she ripped in half at the waist

What did the spirits do with the bottom half of the earth monster?

Used it to put back the sky

What was used to make the grass and flowers according to the text?

'Her hair'

'And all was well for another thirteen times fifty-two more years, until Tezcatlipoca, seeking revenge, ran across the sky as a jaguar, and kicked the sun.' What did Tezcatlipoca's action lead to?

'Quetzalcoatl becoming a hurricane and blowing away almost all of the people'

'The ones that remained were transformed into monkeys.' What does this statement refer to?

The people from the Third Sun age

Test your knowledge of Aztec mythology with this quiz about the creation of giants, the Sun, and the deities Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca. Explore the fascinating mythological narrative of the first people and the dramatic events that led to the fall of Tezcatlipoca.

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