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Once the fall of the Toltec civilization a civilization north of what is now Mexico transpired an influx of immigrants fled into Mexicos central plateau area around Lake Texcoco As the Aztecs were late to arrive in Mexico they were soon forced to inhabit the swampy area on the western side of the lake Forceful neighbors surrounded the Aztec and demanded tributes of gold and their only piece of dry landThey soon converted into a powerful empire within two centuries As As the Aztecs population grew superior military and civil organizations were formed and established By 1325 the city of Tenochitilan was founded The actual religion of the Aztecs originated in the city of Tenochtitlan somewhere between the 14th and 16th century CE It transfigured and combined a number of ritual mythic and cosmic elements from the cultural groups who inhabited the central plateau of Mesoamerica Please refer to map for geographical location and empire boundaries The mother goddess of the Aztec creation story was called Coatlique the Lady of the Skirt of Snakes She was formed in the image of the unknown Decorated with skulls snakes and mangled hands there were no cracks or openings in her bodyCoatlique was first impregnated by a black knife and gave birth to Coyolxanuhqui goddess of the moon and to a group of male offspring who became the stars Then one day Coatlique found a ball of feathers which she tucked into her chest When she looked for it later it was gone at which time she realized that she was again pregnant The moon and stars her children did not believe her story Ashamed of their mother they wanted to kill her A goddess could only give birth once to the original family of divinity and no more During the time that they were plotting her fall Coatlique gave birth to the fiery god of war Huitzilopochtli With the help of a fire serpent he destroyed his
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