Category: Mexico

More Magic Beans- This History of Chocolate

That most delicious of desserts that we all crave.  It was rightly named as “food of the gods” by the ancients.  However, the chocolate the pre-Olmec cultures were making was nothing like the chocolate we eat today.  It was consumed as a beverage, and was quite bitter.  The peoples making this drink were living in […]

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Coatlicule

Coatlicule (Co-at-li-cu-e) or ‘Serpent Skirt’ was a major deity in Aztec mythology and is regarded as the earth-mother goddess. She was the patron of childbirth, was associated with warfare, governance and agriculture, and considered the female aspect of the primordial god Ometeotl. She gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the […]

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La Malinche- Scarlet Woman or Maligned Heroine

Malinalli, Malintzin, Dona Marina or La Malinche.  These are all names for a woman born into the heart of turbulent times.  She was born sometime between 1496 and 1501 in an area between the Aztec ruled Valley of Mexico and the Mayan states of the Yucatan Peninsula.  She was a member of a noble family […]

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Montezuma II

Montezuma II, also seen as Moctezuma, was the ninth Aztec emperor of Mexico who is best known for his confrontation with Hernan Cortez. Most information on Montezuma revolves around his befriending and eventual betrayal by Cortez, which some believe is the reason that the Aztec empire fell only 2 years after thier chance meeting. What […]

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Quetzalcóatl Meso-American God

Quetzalcóatl, (Nahuatl: quetzalli, “tail feather of the quetzal bird and coatl, “snake”), the Feathered Serpent, one of the major deities of the ancient Mexican pantheon. Quetzalcoatl is a primordial god of creation, a giver of life. With his opposite Tezcatlipoca he created the world. Quetzalcoatl is also called White Tezcatlipoca, to contrast him to the […]

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