Thursday, April 28, 2011

365 Doodles - Day 118

The Centzon Totochtin (the ‘400 Rabbits’) were the children of Mayahuel, the goddess of excess, and Pantecatl, the god who discovered fermentation. They are chiefly associated with drinking (usually of Pulque or Octli, an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the Maguey plant). In the Late Postclassic period of Aztec history, these gods became the focus of the Octli Cult – which a cynic could view as an opportunity to get rat-arsed in ‘honour of the gods’. The chief ‘drunken rabbit god’ was Ometochtli whose name translates as ‘two rabbit’. Among his beer buddies were the gods Texcatzonatl, Macuiltochtli, Colhuatzincatl and Tepoztecatl who was particularly associated with wind. It is not recorded whether their names were just as unpronounceable when sober.

Another 'Odd God'.

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