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ANCIENT BOOKS: Borgia Group Codices

Motolonía explained that the sacred books also related prophecies for disease. Borgia pages 53 and 54 illustrate the Morning Star god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli spearing a series of deceased persons and objects. Another written source explains that when Quetzalcoatl died, he was transformed into Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli.

"And so, when he goes forth, they know on what day sign he casts his light on certain people, venting his anger against them, shooting them with darts. If it goes on 1 Alligator, he shoots old men and old women, all alike. If on 1 Jaguar or 1 Deer or 1 Flower, he shoots little children. And if on 1 Reed, he shoots nobles. The same with everybody, if on 1 Death. And if on 1 Rain, he shoots the rain, No rain will fall. And if on 1 Movement, he shooots youths and maidens. And if on 1 Water, there is drought, etc. So each sign of these days was venerated by the old men and the old women of former times."

(Bierhorst 1992:36-37)

Image - The god of Venus as the Morning Star, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, spears a woman on days numbered with the sign crocodile.
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