AZTEC MYTHOLOGY

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NANAUTZIN

Picture of NANAUTZIN from our Aztec mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the full story here.

Aztec Sickness God/dess

Also known as NANA, NANAUATZIN, NANAHUATZIN, NANAHUATL

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...

NANAUTZIN FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : NANAUTZIN
Location : Mexico
Gender : Both male and female
Type : deity
In charge of : Disease & Sickness
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NEUTRAL, may not care
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : NANA, NANAUATZIN, NANAHUATZIN, NANAHUATL
Popularity index : 11069

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Article last updated on 08 October 2013 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "NANAUTZIN: God/dess of Illness and Disease from Aztec mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 08 Oct. 2013. Web. 24 July 2014.

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