The underappreciated mythological pantheon I’ll be looking at this time will be the Aztec pantheon. It seems all anybody ever wants to talk about with the Aztecs is human sacrifice, blood, hearts being pulled out, etc. There are many more intriguing elements to their forms of worship than just blood and guts, however. Here is a list of some of their major deities. For other pantheons I’ve addressed see these links:
KOREAN MYTH – https://glitternight.com/2011/03/24/the-top-11-deities-in-korean-mythology/
SHINTO MYTH – https://glitternight.com/shinto-myth/
HAWAIIAN MYTH – https://glitternight.com/2011/02/20/the-top-eleven-deities-in-hawaiian-mythology/
HAWAIIAN MYTH PART 2 – https://glitternight.com/2011/03/02/eleven-more-deities-from-hawaiian-mythology-2/
NORSE MYTHS – https://glitternight.com/2011/04/10/the-eleven-most-neglected-deities-in-teutono-norse-mythology/
INUIT MYTHS – – https://glitternight.com/2011/06/06/the-top-12-deities-from-inuit-mythology-2/
Plus see my pages on Navajo, Vietnamese and Bunyoro myth.
11. OMETEOTL – The primordial and hermaphroditic deity who embodied all duality and from whom all existence sprang. Ometeotl did not just personify male and female but also space and time, light and dark, order and chaos, etc. As both male and female Ometeotl conceived and gave birth to the god Tonacatecuhtli and the goddess Tonacacihuatl, who mated and went on to produce most of the rest of the deities in the Aztec pantheon, sort of like Izanagi and Izanami in Shinto myths.
Ometeotl was considered distant and aloof and took no more active role in myths after setting the ball of creation rolling, although he/she was considered to be present in every aspect of ritual. This god sat enthroned in the thirteenth and highest heaven, Omeyocan, often considered the Mt Olympus/ Asgard/ Hunamoku/ Takamagahara of Aztec myths. Continue reading
For my full list of Norse deities click here: https://glitternight.com/2011/04/10/the-eleven-most-neglected-deities-in-teutono-norse-mythology/
AEGIR – The god of the sea who brewed the ale that he would share with the other Teutono-Norse deities when they would get together at his hall on the island of Hlesey. Many poetic references are made to Continue reading
The final chapter of the epic myth A War Between Gods.
For the earlier chapters and more Vietnamese myths click here: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth-2/
Canto VII – For months the conflict lasted in this manner, until finally the period of the year when Thuy Tinh was in charge of shepherding the rain clouds came to an end and one of the sea god Long Vuong’s daughters or granddaughters (accounts vary) began shepherding her clouds in for her designated part of the year. She had no quarrel with Tan Vien or Mi Nuong and so the rains returned to a milder state, allowing the flood waters to subside. Interestingly, that is similar to Native American myths in which hard rains are called “male rains” and soft rains are called “female rains”.
The carnage was incredible, with the remains of buildings and the corpses of land and sea animals who had died in the fighting scattered plentifully about the landscape. In some versions this war between gods brought on the end of mythical creatures like the lans (a mythical tiger/giraffe/saola/ lizard hybrid creature) ,the makaras and the tiger-headed elephants and sometimes others.
The creatures and mythical relics lost in the war varies and is sometimes used as a virtual catch- all for explaining the disappearance of items and beasts. It reminds me of how The Churning of the Ocean in Hindu mythology was at first used simply to explain how the gods produced Soma for their own consumption but then gradually more and more items were added to the list of things spawned by that event including Airavata, the elephant the storm god Indra rides and the love and beauty goddess Lakshmi herself (shades of Aphrodite being born of the sea foam caused by the severed genitals of Chronos. And for my British readers wouldn’t ”The Severed Genitals” make a great name for a pub? Okay, forget it.)
Tan Vien and Chua Con ho helped Hung Vuong XVIII and his people recover from the flood and Tan Vien also taught them ways of trying to safeguard against future deluges. Inevitably, each year, the period when Thuy Tinh would shepherd in the rain clouds he was in charge of returned and his attempt to take Mi Nuong from Tan Vien Mountain by force resumed. Thuy Tinh became known as the god of the monsoon rains and was dreaded because of the harm he might cause on each of his returns. All friendship between him and Tan Vien was forgotten and the two remain bitter enemies to this day.
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Here is the sixth chapter of the epic myth A War Between Gods, complete with another of my pet theories in comparative mythology. For all the chapters plus Vietnamese gods and goddesses click here: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth-2/
CANTO VI – Thuy Tinh called down the strongest rains and the most furious winds the world had ever seen (but would see many times thereafter). Countless city and country dwellers were drowned in the deluge and rice paddies, dams, residences and estates of the lesser nobles were submerged. Tan Vien and the jungle animals he was the lord of were permtting humans to Continue reading
Just a note to point out that I added two more chapters to the saga of the god Thach Sanh and added an all-new entry – this time on the Ba Co. If you need a quick, glib comparison think of the Ba Co as the Vietnamese pantheon’s equivalent of the Sirens from Graeco-Roman myth or the goddess Ran from Teutono-Norse myth. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth/
I updated my Vietnamese Myth page once again. This time I expanded my entry on the sun goddess, added another chapter to the saga of the god Thach Sanh and placed an all-new entry- this time on Cong San, the god of northern Vietnam’s Red River. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth/
I updated the page with an entry on Thien Loi, the Vietnamese thunder god plus I expanded my entries on the hearth god Ong Lo and on the god Ngoc Hoang, the Zeus/Odin/Ruhanga/Kane/Brahma of the Vietnamese pantheon. Click here: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth-new/
I updated my Vietnamese Myth page by expanding my Ngoc Hoang entry with 4 new mythic tales about him. Plus I added the pre-Iron Age version of the story of the war god Than Giong to his entry. I also added another adventure of the god Lac Long Quan to his entry. Just click here: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth-new/