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Kay Almere Read

‘The Aztec myth of the unlikeliest sun god’

We are most grateful to Kay Read, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, for allowing us to present this delightful animated video of the Mexica/Aztec myth of the creation of the fifth ‘sun’, written by her for the TED-Ed platform.
’Nanahuatl, weakest of the Aztec gods, sickly and covered in pimples, had been chosen to form a new world. There had already been four worlds, each set in motion by its own “Lord Sun,” and each had been destroyed. For a new world to be created, another god had to leap into the great bonfire and become the fifth sun. Will Nanahuatl complete the sacrifice...?’

Animator Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat; narrator Christina Greer

The animation lasts four minutes.

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Apr 24th 2020

Visit the TED-Ed page for extra teaching resource material based on the video
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