Native Languages of the Americas: Aztec Legends and Traditional Stories
This is our collection of links to Aztec folktales and traditional stories that can be read online.
We have indexed our Native American mythology section
by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same
legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to
each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Aztecs, the traditional stories of
related tribes like the Toltec are very similar.
Enjoy the stories! If you would like to recommend an Aztec legend for this page or think one of the ones on here
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Click on each god's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Aztec mythology.
Quetzalcoatl (also spelled Quetzalcohuatl):
The feathered serpent, god of the wind and civilization. Quetzalcoatl was the special benefactor of humans, bringing them corn
and teaching them how to live. Pronounced ket-sall-ko-ah-tl.
Ahuizotl (also spelled Ahuitzotl, Auitzotl and other ways):
This is a dangerous water monster of Aztec mythology. Its name means "water opossum." It looks
somewhat like a large stylized opossum only with a hand at the end of its
tail, which it uses to drag people underwater, kill them and eat their eyes. Pronounced ah-weet-soh-tl.