Quetzalcoatl In His Mexican Form

The phonetic values employed by the scribes varied exceedingly, and they certainly conveyed their ideas more by sketch than sound. A piece of Nahua literature, the disappearance of which is surrounded by circumstances of the deepest mystery, is the Teo-Amoxtli, or Divine Eook, which is alleged by certain chroniclers to be the work of the ancient Toltecs. Ixtlilxochitl, a native Mexican author, states that it was written by a Tezcucan wise man or wizard, 011c...

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In the following pages I shall essay the task, aided, I hope, by a long acquaintance with the writings of the Spanish conquistadores and the missionary friars, and with practically all that has been penned within our times 011 the subject of old Mexico. And it may be that a strong personal predilection towards the mysterious may further assist me to make the dark places plain to the wayfaring reader. Mexico possessed a magic _of her own as mystical in its essence and as grimly romantic as that...

Egyptian Shadow Magic

The invocation over, the nagual of the child would appear under the form of the animal or object set opposite its birthday in the calendar. The sorcerer then addressed ccrtain prayers to the nagual, requesting it to protect the child, and told the mother to take t daily to the same spot, where its nagual would appear to it, and would finally accompany it through life. Some of the worshippers of this cult had the power of transforming themselves into the nagual. Thomas Gage, an...

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The means by which these signs, and these of the months were used for divinatory purposes were the same as in the case of the Mexican system, that is, the auspicious were weighed against the evil, and thus a balance was struck. We can now proceed to discuss the magical significance of the various periods of time, but here there s no need to treat of them as chronological units. As we have seen, the Bacabs presided over the points of the compass. These were thought of as being beset by demons...

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MYSTICAL HOOKS OF THE MAYA IIE Maya manuscripts themselves afford us little light in the philosophy or practice of the area,lie sciences, except as regards as trology and the tonalamat . It is rather from those books written by Christianized natives that we glean such knowledge as wo possess of the spii t of Maya sorcery. Unhappily these books, although published and translated into English in some cases, are now scarce and difficult to come by. The writer published in 1908 a small popular...

Arcane Philosophy Of The Mexicans And Maya

THE nami Kab-ul, the Great or Magic Hand, is one which should signify for us perhaps one of the most interesting and arresting figures in Maya mysticism. He is, of course, a type or phase of ltzamna, the personification of the East or the rising sun, which brought the beneficent mists and dews of the morning to the torrid land of Yucatan. He was said to have come in his enchanted boat across the waters from the East, and therefore he presided o er that quarter of the world and the days and...

The Magical Associations Of Mexican Religion

O understand Mexican Magic and the attitude of the ancient Mexicans towards the super natural, it is necessary to explain the funda mental tendencies of religion as understood on the plateau of Mexico. At first sight these appear as inextricable, but n reality they are capable of very simple treatment indeed. The basis of Mexican religion, it will be found, is really a magical one, the gods are magical figures, their rites arose out of magical practice. As observed at the period of the Spanish...

Witchcraft In Mexico

Real Witches Mexico Are

THE cult of the witch appears to have been as general in ancient Mexico as it was in Europe and Asia, and in its American form it bore so startling a resemblance to the witchcraft of the Old World that it is difficult not to believe that both can be referred back to a common origin. Indeed, more than one of the zealous missionaries arrived at such a conclusion. These women, says one, writing of the Mexican sorceresses, are such as we in Spain call witches. But, curiously enough, in Old Mexico,...

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The four buildings above ground were the only ones which still remained open, and Ihey had a court and chambers like those underground and the ruins of these have lasted even to the present day. We must not close this chapter on Mcxican magic without some reference to the physical apparatus of the Mexican magician. Perhaps the nost striking emblem of his craft was the namlli ir disguise, a cloak which gave him a resemblance to some animal and which was symbolical of...

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THE DEMONOLOGY OF MEXICO HE demonhood of ancient Mexico was, perhaps, the most gruesome which ever haunted any race of men. It took many shapes, and varied somewhat with locality, and it scarcely resembles any recognizable system of demonology, European or Asiatic. Those demons most dreaded were the Tzitzimime, or monsters descending from above, who were, indeed, the stars. The interpreter of the Codex Telleriano says of them The proper significat ion of this name is the fall of the demons,...

Mexican Astrology

THE Mexican system of Astrology, although it has considerable resemblances with those of Europe and Asia, is really a system of native growth and origin, and must be studied separately from all others. It is based on what is known as the tonalamafl, or so-called calendar of the Aztecs. But I v ill deal with it here very practically, in order that students of other astrologies may compare it with the system they study, and because it is ccrtainly time that this particular American system should...

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Place as bronze did with the Neolithic peoples, and came to be regarded as the chief agency through which the necessities of life were acquired. But when the Nahua embraced a more settled existence the nourishment of the gods had necessarily to be maintained by other means than the sacrifice of deer, which were gradually disappearing. Slaves and war-captives were sacrificed n the place of deer, their wrists and ankles being tied together precisely in the manner n which a deer is trussed by the...