MEXICO: ONE WORD MANY MEANINGS

Some authors say the name of Tenochtitlan, can be also derived from Tenochtli, cactus of hard prickly pears, on its part, the etymology of Mexico has been a topic of discussion from centuries back. Francisco Javier Clavijero already pointed out the following meanings of the word: meztli which means moon, due to the fact that the Aztecs saw the moon reflected in the lake, that is how it was predicted by the oracle; the name of xiote or the center of the maguey, Mextli or Huizilopochtli, which according to Clavijero is like Mars astrologically for the Mexicas. In this century, Jacques Soustelle, consigns the following versions:

Some think the eagle standing over a cactus, is the symbol mexitl; others look for the root in the word meztli, the moon and the word xictli, belly button or center, Mexico would be according to this author something like the city in the middle of the moon and that was in effect the meaning of Metzutlapan, ancient name of Texcoco.

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