They were divided between two tribes:
- The Aztec Gods, led by Tezcatlipoca or Quetzalcoatl, living in the sky-realm Teotihucan.
- The Mayan Gods, led by Itzamna or Hunab Ku, living in Xibalba.
Some of those gods were stated to be the same being seen differently:
- Tezcatlipoca and Kukulcan, respectively Aztec and Mayan gods, were mentioned to be the same.
- Mictlantecuhtli and Ah Puch, respectively Aztec and Mayan gods, were also considered to be one and the same.
The Tēteoh and the Ahau
Other sources presents the Mayan and Aztec gods being stated to be separated species:
- The Tēteoh (Aztec Gods), living in Topán, the Floating World.
- The Ahau (Mayan Gods), living in Upperworld.
Thus, the Coatli's relevancy and exact nature is unknown.
Beginning in the late 13th century AD, the rise of the Aztecs and their extension culture led mortals to confuse Ahau and Tēteoh, the gods of Mexico, and caused conflicts between both pantheons. It is possible that a group or race formed from those confusion and clashes, or that a name ("Coatli") was simply given to them, with or without them really forming such merger.
The Gods of the South
A kind of similar merger would be the "Gods of the South", such as during the Council of Godheads on the matter of the Skrulls' Secret Invasion of Earth, where the Aztec (Teteoh), Inca (Apu) and Maya (Ahau) pantheons were represented by a single delegate, Tezcatlipoca.
Before the release of Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1 (2009) establishing the Tēteoh (Aztec Gods) and the Ahau (Mayan Gods), those two pantheons were listed in handbook as being simply different presentations of the same gods.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Spider-Man: Back in Black #1; Glossary
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #1; Appendix: Glossary
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Ahau's entry
- ↑ Incredible Hercules #117
- ↑ Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Tezcatlipoca's entry