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The Figures in Aztec Astronomy

Each figure featured in this interpretation of Aztec Astronomy were painstakingly, digitally redrawn from the original as found in the Codex Yoalli Ehecatl, or Codex Borgia.

The Aztec figures selected for placement in this map of astronomy are central to the religious iconography found in decorated textiles, murals, sculptures and oral traditions. The Codex Yoalli Ehecatl, or Codex Borgia, is considered to be a pinnacle of Aztec art and cultural knowledge. It is for the above reasons that the Aztec figures selected are the most suited for representation as constellations.

All of the above Aztec figures coincidentally appear just like the modern constellations they are uniquely associated with this cohesive and dynamic interpretation. As constellations move through the sky, many Aztec traditions come alive through this interpretation.

Ixnextli approaches the Tamoanchan tree from which she plucks a flower, leading to the first sin. Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca traverse a path together while Tezcatlipoca transforms into his various animal disguises. The famous eagle-nopal-serpent/malinalli scene comes to life. Cipactonal and Oxomoco, the first diviners, cast the seeds and begin the count of time. And several other traditions come to life through this unique association of the Aztec figures with modern constellations.

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