Aztec Mythology

The bloodthirsty Gods of Ancient Mexico

TONATIUH

Aztec Sun God

Picture of the Aztec Sun God Tonatiuh from our Aztec mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The bloodthirsty burning Sun

He looks after warriors, particularly those who die in his service, and rules the present Age of the world.

He needs revitalizing each morning with fresh hearts still pumping blood. Best stick to orange juice.

But he wasn’t always so demanding. In fact he started off as the lowly non-entity Nanautzin, and only got to his present position through good luck and fortitude. The leap from Scabby God of Nothing to Sun God of Everything went straight to his head and he refused to move unless all the other Gods sacrificed themselves to him.

Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli the Dawn God was so insulted by this arrogance that he fired an arrow at him. But he missed. Tonatiuh fired back and turned Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli to stone.

Tonatiuh Facts and Figures

Name: Tonatiuh
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Sun
Area of expertise: Sun

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 372

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Article last revised on August 10, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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