As a farming people, the Aztec knew the forces of nature and worshiped them as gods. Most important was their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. The Aztecs also used him as their god of war. They believed that their ‘good’ gods should be kept strong to keep away the ‘bad’ gods. They kept them strong by making sacrifices.
Our age (Nahui-Ollin), the fifth age, or fifth creation, began in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. According to the myth, all the gods had gathered to sacrifice themselves and create a new age. Although the world and the sun had already been created, it would only be through their sacrifice that the sun would be set into motion and time as well as history could begin.
The Aztec Gods and Deities will sacrifice themselves and their instruments to help bring about the sixth age.
The Aztec God and Deities in the battle of the bands are:
- Huitzilopochtli: Sky deity – God of will and the sun, patron of war and fire, the lord of the South
- Xochiquetzal: Goddess of fertility, beauty, patroness of the crafts practiced by women such as weaving and embroidery
- Mictkancihuatl: Lord of the Night – God of the Underworld
- Xolotl: Patron of Travelers – God of fire and lighting, sickness and deformities
- Tezcatlipoca: Sky deity – god of providence, matter and the invisible, ruler of the night, the lord of the North
- Quetzalcoatl: Lord of the Day – God of wisdom, life, knowledge, morning star, fertility, patron of the winds and the light, the lord of the West
- Xipe Totec: god of agriculture, vegetation, the east, disease, spring, goldsmiths, silversmiths, liberation and the seasons
- Tlaloc: Water deity – God of rain
- Chalchiuhtlique: Water deity – Goddess of water, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms, and baptism
- Ozomatli: Aztec monkey companion spirit and servant of the god Xochipilli. The monkey was a creature associated with the arts, games and fun
- Tlaltecuhtli: Lord of the Day – god of the earth