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NANAUTZIN
Also known as NANA, NANAUATZIN, NANAHUATZIN

A picture showing the legend of NANAUTZIN taken from our Aztec mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Aztec Gods, Aztec Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

God (or occasionally Goddess) of Humble Bravery.

Known as The Scabby One, he was weak, diseased and cringy. But his modest courage led to the ultimate promotion as reward for his fortitude.

NANAUTZIN started out as the smallest and ugliest of the Gods, but when the vacancy of Sun became available, he leapt at the chance to improve his lot. Dressed in humble reeds, he turned up at the interview to discover only one other candidate had applied for the job. Possibly because the winning applicant was required to undergo sacrificial death in the Godly Bonfire.

Oh well, he thought, what have I got to lose? He'd only been invited to attend because he'd done good works and given maize to humans.

His rival was the smartly-dressed and terribly arrogant TECUCIZTECATL. But as soon as the fire was lit, TECUCIZTECATL chickened out, leaving the courageous NANAUTZIN to jump into the flames and become the glorious sun.

Thereafter he was known as TONATIUH and became quite arrogant himself...

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Article last updated on 03 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT NANAUTZIN : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : NANAUTZIN
Location : Mexico
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NEUTRAL, may not care
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : NANA, NANAUATZIN, NANAHUATZIN
Popularity index : 824

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