Before the 16thcentury, Spanish conquest, the aztecs saw the skull as a symbol of rebirth.
Anciently, it had been to Europe what cotton was to the Mexico of the aztecs.
They were from a feudalistic world and tried to portray the aztecs in such terms.
They know nothing of their kinship with the aztecs but believe that they originated in Southern California.
It was common also among the aztecs, but they used “picture writing.”
The aztecs held pipes and flutes in great respect, and they were played at all religious ceremonies.
And yet this is the picture-writing of the aztecs, with which the world has been so edified for centuries.
The special aim of this work is to deny utterly the civilization of the aztecs.
Did they resemble the aztecs in these respects or the West Indians?
Thus disappeared, as suddenly as it had risen, the phantom of a second Empire in the realm of the aztecs.
1787, from Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl aztecatl (plural aztecah), meaning "coming from Aztlan," name of their legendary place of origin, usually said to lie somewhere in what is now southwestern U.S.