Link to enlarge K6042 (Las Bocas - Ceramic Vessel) THE FOUNDATION RESEARCH DEPARTMENT

History of the Mexicans as Told by Their Paintings
Translated and edited by Henry Phillips Jr.
Read before the American Philosophical Society, October 19, 1883
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society XXI:616-651, 1883.
Edited by Alec Christensen

Table of Contents


Chapter   1
Chapter   2
Chapter   3
Chapter   4
Chapter   5
Chapter   6
Chapter   7
Chapter   8
Chapter   9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23

Notes 1-16
Note 17
Note 18
Notes 19-48
Notes 49-62
CHAPTER 5TH. [p.621]

Of the Deluge, and of the Fall from Heaven and of the Restoration.

In the last year of the sun Chalchiutlique, as has been told, it rained so much water and so great an abundance thereof that the heavens themselves felt, and the waters carried away all the Maceguales that were, and from them were made all manner of the fishes that exist at the present day; and so there ceased to be any more Maceguales, and the heaven itself had ceased to exist, for it had fallen upon the earth.20 And when the four gods had seen that the heaven had fallen on the earth, which took piece in the first year of the four after the sun had ended, and the rain had fallen, which was the year tochili, they ordained that all the four should make through the centre of the earth four roads by which to enter it in order to raise the heaven, to assist in which task they created four men; one they called Cotemuc, another Yzcoaclt, another Yzmali, and the fourth Tenesuchi. These four men having been created, the two gods, Tezcatlipuca and Quiçalcoatl, then formed themselves into enormous trees, 21 Tezcatlipuca becoming the one known as Tazcaquavilt, meaning the tree of the mirror, and Quiçalcoatl, the Queçalhuesuch, and gods and men and trees together raised on high the heaven and the stars, just as they are to-day, and as a recompense for having raised them, Tonacatecli, the father, made them lords of the heaven and the stars; and when the heaven was raised, Tezcatlipuca and Quiçalcoatl walked through it, and made the road which we now see there, and met in it, and remained there in it, and held their abode there.


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