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According to semi-legendary accounts, the Toltecs, coming from the northwest, established the city of Tula in central Mexico between 700 and 800 ce. They were joined by the Nonoalcas (800–900 ce), who introduced the cult of Quetzacoátl and many crafts. After 1150 Tula was destroyed and abandoned, probably because other peoples from the north were advancing into the territory. The site continued to have an aura of high status, which was one reason the Aztecs (Aztec religion) sought to legitimize themselves by claiming Toltec ancestors. The word totecatl was used to d…

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Bohn Martins, Maria Cristina, “Toltecs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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