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The Four Tezcatlipocas (Mythic May Vol. 3)

The Four Tezcatlipocas

Toltec legend relates that Ometeotl - Lord and Lady pair - original creator
Gave rise to four sons who sat at each corner of our young cosmos
These newborn gods were dubbed Tezcatlipoca (smoking mirror)
Not unlike the veil of illusion, which Hindu Vedas call Maya

To the East stood Quetzalcoatl; Feathered Serpent, whose face shone white
From South came Huitzilopochtli; Hummingbird Sorcerer, blue-faced warrior
Westward arrived Xipe Totec; Flayed Lord of agriculture bearing red visage
Far North was Tezcatlipoca proper, black in aspect with a dark soul to match

Back then, Earth was covered by waters where a crocodile named Cipactli swam
Black Tezcatlipoca even lost a leg to Cipactli when trying to seed the planet
So the four brothers made an aquatic god (Tlaloc) and goddess (Chalchiuhtlicue)
Tamed, the oceans receded and dry land was populated by giants

During the first age Tezcatlipoca himself became sun but his light was too dim
Quetzalcoatl could not tolerate this state of affairs and knocked him out of the sky
Incensed - the evil one unleashed a horde of mighty Jaguars into the world
Since night befell, the giants were easily hunted into extinction

In the second age Quetzalcoatl beamed from above after creating a new race
His people were not big but over time they thought too highly of themselves
Because they took the gods for granted, Tezcatlipoca turned them all into monkeys
Disliking their transformation, Quetzalcoatl descended as hurricane and blew them away

A third age dawned with rain god Tlaloc rising to illuminate the days of another folk
Unfortunately, Tezcatlipoca moved in to seduce his wife Xochiquetzal, goddess of love
Whence Tlaloc became despondent and refused to irrigate crops below
Everyone cried out for relief from this drought but vengeful, Tlaloc rained fire instead

Subsequently, Earth had to be remade in the fourth age from ashes of the third
Thence ascended Chalchiuhtlicue to give off her luminescence
Ever a scoundrel, Northern Tezcatlipoca accused her of vanity
Heartbroken by such persistent critique, that world was drowned by divine tears

Finally, Quetzalcoatl went down to the underworld and retrieved bones
Dipping them in his own blood, he created humankind as we know it
Meanwhile warlike Huitzilopochtli rose to heaven and became a fifth sun
Tezcatlipoca convinced us then that bloodletting should be our repayment

Wars raged upon the Terran sphere for millennia in the name of one deity or another
Quetzalcoatl vanished, betrayed by his treacherous sibling, yet promising to return
Xipe Totec's veins were gradually drained by humanity's unquenchable thirsts
Sanctity was nowhere found because disillusioned, people turned from the gods

However, Huitzilopochtli is also a patron of the arts who wishes for metanoia
If we can transcend life through art there may be some hope left after all
Only thus could Quetzalcoatl be summoned and Xipe Totec revived
Otherwise, cruel Tezcatlipoca surely has many an upheaval in store for us . . .

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