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Myths about Sun

Many cultures around the world have interesting myths about the Sun, reflecting its importance in all our lives. Visit the links below for interesting glimpses into the beliefs of early civilizations. Do you see any similarities between these myths?
For the Aztecs, who lived in central Mexico, <a href="/mythology/tonatiuh.html">Tonatiuh</a> was a <a href="/sun/sun.html">Sun</a> god. Aztecs believed that four suns had been created in four previous ages, and all of them had died at the end of each cosmic era. Tonatiuh was the fifth sun and the present era is still his. The carvings on this sunstone represent the four cycles of creation and destruction in the Aztec creation story. The skull at the center depicts the god Tonatiuh.<p><small><em>   Image courtesy of Corel Corporation.</em></small></p>

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