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Omen It is a term that comes from Latin praesagium. It's about the signal what announces and prevents an event . The concept can be used to name the divination of future things through intuitions or sensations that have been warned .

For example: "The outbreak was an omen of what would come: an indiscriminate attack without precedent", “The doctor ignored the omens and moved on with her task, without knowing that chaos would be about to break loose ”, "Last night I had an omen: I saw our village flood and the current dragged all our houses".

Omens, therefore, are phenomena that are considered valid or apt to guess the future . The most important thing is not the omen itself, but the interpretation made of it.

There are several terms linked to omens, such as predictions , the omens or the predictions . In some cases, the phenomenon that allows us to glimpse the future is intentionally sought while, in others, it appears spontaneously or casually.

The omens may arise from a sudden shivering or agitation of the body. Heart palpitations for no apparent reason are usually considered a sign of bad omen, while ringing or itching of the ears are considered as omens that someone is talking about someone else in their absence.

In ancient times, the alleged omens were taken as something very serious. With the passage of time, the progress of the science and of rationalism he turned omens into superstitions or part of folklore, without too many implications in everyday life.

The Aztec omens

Also known as the ugly omens, it is about eight strange events that took place in the land of the Aztecs and that are considered related to the Conquest, even ten years before the arrival of the Spaniards to their continent. These events have been collected from texts written in Nahuatl, some of which contain testimonies of people who lived the invasion In own meat.

First: the sky was the scene of a spike of fire from which incandescent drops seemed to come off. It was shown a decade before the Conquest and its appearances lasted a year, always fading at dawn.

Second: the house of Huitzilipoctli, the divine site, also called Tlacatecan (house of the world), burned spontaneously in flames. Languages ​​of fire they whipped its structure for no apparent reason. Water seemed to cause the opposite effect as expected, since it increased the voracity of the fire. Finally, the fire consumed everything.

Third: lightning struck the Xiuhtecuhtli temple while a light drizzle fell, without thunder or lightning; people described this phenomenon as a simple stroke of the sun.

Quarter: a strange rain of fire, of sparks, took place in the heaven, tracing a path from the west to the east.

Fifth: the water of a nearby lagoon began to burn, and along with the strong wind it raged in the village, destroying the houses, rising with force as if it were an enraged beast and turning in its path, boiling for no apparent reason.

Sixth: very often there was the voice of a woman who, at night, wandered screaming and crying, addressing her children, telling them that soon they would have to go farwondering where would it take them.

Seventh: the appearance of a dead bird in the lake, similar to a crane, with a kind of mirror in its windmill, which seemed to show the image of men riding horses that brought death And misfortune to the village.

Eighth: the presence of human beings with deformations, perceived by the Aztecs as monsters, who once examined by Motechuhzoma in the House of the Black, disappeared.

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