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Ñuu Dzaui history is composed of many individuals, related to each other through time, place, family ties and activities. The codices portray Lord 8 Deer 'Jaguar Claw' as a great conqueror and unifier of the Ñuu Dzaui region. The codices Tonindeye and Iya Nacuaa, as well as Codex Ñuu Tnoo-Ndisi Nuu, go into a lot of detail in order to explain his road to power; with good reason, as most subsequent rulers based their legitimacy on their descent from Lord 8 Deer. This chapter briefly talks about the tragedy of Lord 8 Deer and Lady 6 Monkey. Comparing the narrative of the manuscripts with the information in Central Mexican sources the authors identify Lord 4 Jaguar as that famous Nacxitl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, the emblematic king of the Toltec realm. The chapter concludes with the discussion of the short-lived house of Ñuu Yuchi and Lord 4 Wind's Rule.

Keywords: Ñuu Dzaui history; Ñuu Yuchi; Central Mexican sources; codices Tonindeye; Iya Nacuaa; Lady 6 Monkey; Lord 4 Jaguar; Lord 4 Wind's rule; Lord 8 Deer; Nacxitl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl



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