Adivinación y brujería en nuestro México antiguo

Divination and witchcraft in our ancient Mexico

The great wealth of our country is attributed mainly to our ancestors who were in charge of teaching us a great deal of knowledge: gastronomic, medicinal, and even those related to witchcraft and divination.

In Mexico There are a lot of myths and beliefs, some attributed to witchcraft, and it is not surprising that our ancestors had a lot to do.

For the Nahuas, divination, sorcery, and witchcraft were considered a gift from the Gods to humanity. The deities reputed as sorceresses: Tezcatlipoca Negro, Quetzalcóatl, Huitzilopochtli, Tláloc and Ehécatl, also considered the creator gods, were who gave and determined who would have the gift to do good or evil, according to the day of birth.

Those born on the one day rain (Ce Quiahuitl) would be destined to be witches, to guess by invoking the dead spirits and to be deceivers.

Instead, those born on the day One wind (Ce Ehecatl) could also guess invoking the dead spirits but the difference was that they had the power to transform into animals (nahual). And in case of being a woman, those witch would take off their legs at night and put on backpack wings to fly.

Some of the fortune-telling techniques they used were:

Divination with corn

In front of the patient, with a little copal on a clay pot, Mumbling prayers, 33 kernels of corn were thrown onto a woman's shirt. If the direction of the grains pointed east the patient would heal, otherwise he would be destined to die.

Divination with ropes

The fortune teller made different knots along the rope and Then he put it on, if the knots were easily undone the patient would heal, but if on the contrary the knots were tightened more, the disease would increase or he would die.

Divination in the water

It counted of Putting the face of the patient in front of a jug with water, if the face looked dark in the water the worst was feared, but if it was clearly seen the disease was not serious.

We know that the amount of myths in our country is enormous, and that trying to understand them or find the origin of each one of them would be impossible, however, knowing a little more about our roots gives us the opportunity to enter a little more about our beautiful and enough Mexican culture.