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"A fundamental idea of Aztec religion was that the gods sacrificed themselves in order to benefit humankind. In one myth the gods threw themselves into a huge fire to create the sun; in another they spilled their own blood in order to create people. These myths established a debtor relationship between humankind and the gods - a debt that could be repaid only through offerings of human blood." - Michael E. Smith

"How the gods had their beginning, and where they began is not well known. But this is plain, [that] there at Teotihuacan...when yet there was darkness, there all the gods gathered themselves together, and they debated who would bear the burden, who would carry on his back - who would become - the sun. And when the sun came to arise, then all [the gods] died that the sun might come unto being.... And thus the ancient ones thought it to be." - Bernandino de Sahagun, Florentine Codex

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