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Aztec people coughing and sneezing, Florentine Codex

Superstitious? (4)

There’s no doubting, the Mexica (Aztecs) were an exceptionally superstitious people. The Appendix of Book 5 of the Florentine Codex is choc-a-bloc full of examples of common superstitions (which the Spanish fobbed off as ‘follies’ and ‘delusions’). Here’s just one, relating to sneezing... (Compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

if you sneezed, it meant that someone far away was talking about you! Not necessarily in a bad way, it could be in a good way - simply that you were being mentioned...

Image from Book 5 of the Florentine Codex (original in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence) scanned from our own copy of the Club Internacional del Libro 3-volume facsimile edition, Madrid, 1994.

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Aug 15th 2016

emoticon Guess what the Aztecs believed jade to be?
The dried bogies of the earth god(dess)!

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