Mini Essay #2 (1).pdf - Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicana/o Studies 113 14 October 2019 Mini Essay#2 ​Concept of the Universe Similar to many ancient

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Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicana/o Studies 113 14 October 2019 Mini Essay #2: Concept of the Universe Similar to many ancient civilizations, the Nahuatl people used stories and mythology to answer many of life’s mysteries. The origin of the universe is a recurring question that arises in most, if not all, cultures, and the Nahuatl people implement their own mythology to answer this question. Just as the Mayan people did, the Nahuatl people placed a high level of importance upon the sun as a life-giving force for the people. In Nahuatl mythology, there were four distinct eras before today’s humans were first conceived. Each era is denoted by a particular sun and year. In each subsequent year, we get closer and closer to the modern day human, and each year, new animal species and food sources are born. In the fifth and last sun, the god Quetzalcoatl traveled down to the underworld and collected broken bones to cultivate into humans. Likewise,
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