Aztec mythology is the body or collection of myths of the Aztec civilization in central Mexico. The Aztecs were a Nahuatl speaking group living in central Mexico, and much of their mythology is similar to that of other Mesoamerican cultures. According to legend, various groups that would become Aztecs arrived from the north in the Anahuac Valley around Lake Texcoco. The location of this valley and destination lake is clear - it is the center of modern Mexico City - but little is known about the origins of the Aztecs. There are different accounts of their origin. In mythology, the ancestors of the Mexican/Aztecs came from a place in the north called Aztlan, which was the last of the seven Nahuatrackas (Nahuatl-speaking tribes, meaning "people") to travel south, hence their name "Aztecs".
It is said that the Mexican/Aztecs were guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, which means "left-handed hummingbird" or "hummingbird from the South." On an island in Lake Texcoco, they saw an eagle leading a rattlesnake by its PAWS, perched on a nopal cactus. The vision fulfilled a prophecy telling them that they should find their new home in that place. The Aztecs built their city of Tenochtitlan there, creating a great artificial island that today stands in the center of Mexico City. This legendary vision is depicted on the emblem of Mexico.
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