#Ometeotl the God that Didn’t Exist | #MexikaResistance #indigenous #decolonize #NikanTitlakah

“Like the Christian god, Ometeotl is found, as members of its cult insist, everywhere; everywhere that is, except in primary sources” – Richard Haly

Ometeotl is perhaps the most widely embraced concept within the Mexicayotl community and throughout the years, its original meaning has morphed into such ideas as monotheistic god, energy, and duality. What most people don’t know is that the word Ometeotl first appeared in secondary sources written by Miguel Leon-Portilla, La Filosofia Nahuatl and Aztec Thought and Culture and appears nowhere in any of the primary sources. After examination of Leon-Portilla work, it is clear that although well-intentioned, Leon-Portilla either intentionally or unintentionally invented the word. Although Ometeotl is grammatically correct, it is not an Indigenous Nahuatl word. There is nothing wrong ordinarily with creating words and native speakers create words all the time. We see examples of this with words like tepoztototl airplane which surely did not exist in pre-cuauhtemoc times. However, Leon-portilla’s Ometeotl is problematic for many reasons. First, Leon-Portilla bases his entire conception of Ometeotl on five primary sources, which, upon closer inspection, do not contain the word Ometeotl at all. Second, he cites text from sources and claims they describe Ometeotl, when in all of these sources, it is clear that the original text is describing a different teotl. Third, the way Leon-Portilla describes Ometeotl is very similar to the nepantla aspect of teotl which has been thoroughly researched by James Maffie. Maffie has expanded Leon-Portilla’s original thesis that our ancestors did indeed develop philosophy independently from the Greeks while also successfully cross-referencing many different sources to accurately define teotl. As a result, I am proposing that we stop using ometeotl since its origin is fabricated and does not properly represent Pre-Cuauhtemoc philosophy. The native Nahuatl concepts of teotl and nepantla are much more precise and valid alternatives to Ometeotl, and they successfully encompass the way Ometeotl is used today.

In his Filosofia Nahuatl, Leon-Portilla starts off by claiming “Ometeotl is the…

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