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,...

Chapter V

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...

F

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...