9/14/05

AZTLAN

~ A Z T L A N ~

Aztlan is the mythical place of origin of the Aztec peoples.

In the Nahuatl language, the roots of Aztlan are the two words:

Aztatl tlan(tli) meaning "heron" and "place of," respectively.

'Tlantli' proper means tooth, and as a characteristic of a good tooth is that it is firmly rooted in place, and does not move,

The prefix (tlan) of this word is commonly used in Nahuatl to denote settlements, or place names.

For example, Mazatlan = place of deer,
Papalotlan = place of butterflies,
or Tepoztlan = place of metal.

You would replace -tlan with -tecatl to identify a resident or person from the given place.
So, for the examples above, we have that people from Mazatlan would = Mazatecatl, someone from Tepoztlan = Tepoztecatl, and someone from Aztlan = Aztecatl.

The mythical descriptions of Aztlan would have it to be an island.

In the origin myths of the Aztecs, they emerged originally from the bowels of the earth through seven caves (Chicomostoc) and settled in Aztlan, from which they subsequently undertook a migration southward in search of a sign that would indicate that they should settle once more.

This myth coincides with the known history of the Aztecs hordes that migrated from present-day northwestern Mexico/southwestern U.S. into the central plateau sometime toward the end of the first millennium AD, when high civilizations of great antiquity were already well established in the region.

It is known that the Aztecs had a sector ("barrio") in the Toltec city of Tollan, and the cultural influence of the Toltecs on the rough-edged Aztecs was subsequently to be very marked. One view of some scholars about the Aztecs, is that their cultural development was an effort to recreate the grandeur that they came to know at Tollan.

The exact physical location of Aztlan is unknown, other than it was located near estuaries or on the coast of northwestern Mexico/southwestern U.S., though some archaeologists have gone so far as to locate the present town of San Felipe Aztlan, Nayarit, as the exact place.

In Chicano folklore, Aztlan is often appropriated as the name for that portion of Mexico that was taken over by the United States after the Mexican-American War of 1846, on the belief that this greater area represents the point of parting of the Aztec migrations. There is some truth to this in the sense that all of the groups that would subsequently become the various Nahuatl-speaking peoples of central Mexico passed through this region in a prehistoric epoch, as attested by the existence of linguistically related groups of people distributed throughout the US Pacific Intermountain region, the US southwest and northern Mexico, known as the Uto-Aztecan-Tanoan group, and including such peoples as the Paiute, Shoshoni, Hopi, Pima, Yaqui, Tepehuan, RarĂ¡muri (Tarahumara), Kiowas and Mayas.

13 comments:

Carlos said...

Pretty good start, Aztlan is also to be proven to be in Utah, according to some maps. The Anasazi and Hopi are cousins to the Mexica.

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