June 9, 2001 Michael Coe: "Tezcatlipoca and K'awil: the Inside Story of a Royal Cult"

    Tezcatlipoca was the supreme deity of the Aztecs, the patron of the royal house and of the warriors. Unknown in classic period Teotihuacan, his cult was probably introduced to Nahua-speakers by the Maya in the Terminal Classic. His Maya counterpart, the god K'awil, played a very similar role in the Classic cities. K'awil is far more ancient, his origins lying in the Pacific coastal plain during the Late Pre-Classic. Professor Coe showed the essential unity of these snake-footed deities.

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