4130 - The Many Guises of the Storm god: Implications for the Pantheon and Cosmology of Teotihuacan

The Teotihuacan Storm god – evidently a proto-type of the rain deity Tlaalok of the later Aztec – figures prominently in the iconography of this great metropolis. This prominence bespeaks of the importance of this divinity in the ancient pantheon and ritual practices of Teotihuacan. Yet, although the Storm god has been studied by Teotihuacanists for some time, a coherent treatment that identifies and segregates all of its varied manifestations is still wanting. For the ancient Maya the matching rain divinity, known as Chaahk (literally ‘thunder’), is also known for its many manifestations, wherein each served as embodiments or personifications of distinctive atmospheric phenomena. Thanks to the associated glyphic captions that name each of these manifestations of Chaahk we are now in a position to create a more sound classification of these diverse embodiments and to begin to tie these to particular types of rains and storms. One of the primary sets of personifications of the Maya Chaahk is tied to the cardinal points, wherein each manifestation is associated to the matching coloration of the prime directions of the heavens. Using Classic Maya and Postclassic Aztec data as sources of analogy it becomes clear that we are able to identify some of the more salient manifestations of the Teotihuacan Storm god, to clarify some of the associated features and to provide a template or underlying structure to the ancient pantheon and cosmology of Teotihuacan. (Ph.D. Christophe Helmke is the co-author of this paper)

Palabras claves: Teotihuacan, Storm god, Cosmology

Autores: Wrem Anderson, Kasper (University of Copenhagen, Norway / Norwegen)
Co-Autores: Helmke Christophe


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