25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Aztec Gods

Religion was very important in Aztec society and culture. The Aztecs worshiped many gods and goddesses, each of whom ruled one or more human activities or aspects of nature. The people had many agricultural gods because their culture was heavily based on farming and also included natural elements they identified with their deities. Take a look at these 25 interesting things about some of the most dominant and significant Aztec gods and goddesses that will definitely stimulate your curiosity.

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There were hundreds of Aztec gods

Aztec Religion

Despite the fact that your average Joe doesn’t know the names of more than a handful of Aztec gods (and even the ones he knows he has a very hard time spelling), the truth is that the pantheon of the Aztec civilization was enormous, with hundreds of gods and goddesses.

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Aztec gods were two-faced literally and metaphorically

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Most Aztec gods had two sides (good and bad) to their personalities as well as two faces.


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The Aztec pantheon was male dominated

Male Aztec Gods

Over two-thirds of the Aztec gods were male and less than one-third were female. Even the Aztec world was a man’s world.

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Aztec gods required a lot of blood

Aztec Human Sacrifice

One sure thing concerning Aztec gods and the Aztec religion is that these required a lot of human sacrifices. Occurring in possibly greater numbers than in any other religion in history, these sacrifices were performed by Mexica priests at the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.


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Slaves hated Xipe Totec and for a good reason too

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Xipe Totec was the god of suffering, diseases, and goldsmiths. The problem with this god was that his worship required the flaying of a slave and the wearing of his skin. Ouch!



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