Hello dear Readers,
We have had several inquiries recently about whether or not Aztlan is actually Atlantis. Could the mysterious and mystical Aztland actually be the true Atlantis?
And if not, where the heck was Aztlan anyway? Therefore, we continue to research this and get information to you, dear readers.
A quick update on Madam X indicates that she is now trekking the Appalacian Trail (we know!). Is it even safe during this time of pandemic? Is she wearing a mask? No one knows. She doesn’t check in! Staff here at HQ continue to plod along, attempting to answer your questions and research bizarre and unexplainable happenings in the desert.
Anyway, to our question of the ages:
Was Aztlan Actually Atlantis?
The Aztecs of Mexico had one of the most powerful empires of the ancient Americas. That is not in question. There is a great deal known about the Aztecs. We know, for example, that the Aztecs lived close to Mexico City. However, there is not so much known about where and how they got started.
So… the legend of Aztlan continues. Was it a real location and if so, is it the site of the real Atlantis? Or is it just another myth?
Aztlan was where the Aztec people emerged from the earth through seven caves at Chicomonstoc. The legend says that seven tribes emerged from this earthly portal – the Acolhua, Chalca, Mexica, Tepaneca, Tlahuica, Tlaxcalan, and Xochimilca peoples. These tribes left the Chicomoztoc caves and settled at Aztlan.
What does Aztlan EVEN Mean?
Aztlan in Nuahuatl (ancient language of the Aztec people) means “place of cranes” or “place of whiteness” (referring to the cranes’ white feathers). One legend says that it is located northwest of the Aztec capital (Tenochititlan) and was an island rising from a lake.
The Aztecs lived at Atzlan until a further migration took them to Tula. Tula is located about 50 miles north of Mexico City. Tula is further believed by some to be Tollan, the legendary capital of the Toltecs.
Is the Atlantis Theory Valid or Just Crazy Talk?
There is some validity to the theory that Aztlan was Atlantis. For example, the words Atlas and Atlantic are not European words. There is no similar etymology in any European language.
Atl in Nahuatl language means water. No surprise there. It is in the indigenous languages of the Americas that we find all of the atl words – atlan meaning “border of or in water” and is where we get the word Atlantic. There is also the word atlaca meaning “to emerge from water” and atlas is, of course, the origin of the word Atlas.
There are many other similar Atlantis-sounding place names all through the Americas.
Then Where Did Aztlan Go?
Our theory here at HQ is that it was an island which was also destroyed and then sunk to the bottom of the lake underneath what is now Mexico City.
Other scholars claim that it was not in the area around Mexico City at all, but in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest.
Yet another theory says that Aztlan was in Utah. Cecilio Orozco has written two books on this subject, “the Book of the Sun, Tonatiuh” and “Las Letras del Licenciado Alfonso Rivas Salmon.” Orozco said that he found evidence of a glyph in Sego Canyon in Utah from around 500 B.C. which corresponds to the Aztec calendar.
Whoa… Blythe, California?
Another theory is that Aztlan is today’s Blythe, California, but we will save that theory for more in-depth discussion. Be reading Alfredo Acosta Figueroa’s fascinating book “Ancient Footprints of the Colorado River: La Cuna de Aztlan” so you can be prepared for that exciting historical discussion.
Like all of the mysteries of the Southwest, this one continues to stymy and perplex the scholars and conspiracy-theorists.
Atlantis has been claimed to be Aztlan, somewhere in Mount Shasta, under Sedona, and destroyed in the Bermuda Triangle. These are just a few. Send us your favorite wild theory on where Atlantis is or was !
We will probably never know the mysteries of Atlantis but may be able to someday unravel the mysteries of Aztlan with your help, dear and faithful readers.
Climately Challenged Yours –
JaJa standing in for Madam X
Thanks to these websites for some helpful information about Aztlan: