Sun King mythology V: Aztecs and Tonatiuh, the Fifth Sun

Aztec Sun God: TonatiuhThe association between Ancient Egypt and freemasonry via stonemasonry is obvious, but it seems like there is an Aztec connection as well. Mythological associations between the Sun, fertility, and the passage of time (calendars) were important to Aztecs who first encountered Europeans with the arrival of Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1517. It’s certainly possible that over the past 500 years, some Aztec beliefs regarding the Sun were incorporated into the mythological structure of European freemasonry.

The Aztec sun god is called Tonatiuh. He is also known as the fifth sun, and the leader of heaven. In the Aztec calendar, Tonatiuh is the lord of the thirteen days from 1 Death to 13 Flint. Coincidentally or not, the Aztecs connect the sun with the numbers 1, 5, and 13. Tonatiuh is connected wth the eagle, and with human sacrifice. The Aztecs believed that the human heart was a fragment of the Sun’s heat. This may be one reason why in the Game, the “sun” and the “heart” are the same entity.

Aztec priest performing the sacrificial offering of a living human's heart to the war god Huitzilopochtli. From the Codex Megliabecchi.
Aztec priest performing the sacrificial offering of a living human’s heart to the war god Huitzilopochtli. From the Codex Megliabecchi.
Aztec Calendar
Aztec Calendar

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