The Aztec Myth of the Unlikeliest Sun God

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How did the sun arrive in the sky? Learners watch a short film that describes the myth of Nanahuatl, a weak Aztec god who sacrificed himself to become the fifth sun for his people.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members create a spread sheet to compare the elements found in various creation myths
  • Have groups consider the cultural values represented by the story of Nanahuati
Classroom Considerations
  • Reflects the attempts to reconstruct an understanding of pre-conquest Aztec society
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Pros
  • The myth stresses the importance of behavior over appearance
Cons
  • None
Common Core