Mexica Prayer & Spirituality

Mexica Spirituality

The word “Prayer” and how it will be used on this site:

 ‘Prayer’ :

An act of giving one’s attention (energy) to a focus for an intention while holding the awareness that one is connected to the  Flow of  “All Life,” Creation, Universe etc.
Intentions such as an expressions of gratitude, requests for clarity, manifestation of desired visions, or other similar communions.
This act  of “prayer” can be performed in a myriad of ways such as singing, meditating, dancing, running, drawing, visualizing,  good deeds, just to name a handful.

Mexica Prayer | Thoughts and Definition on Prayer

Clarifying Mexica ‘Nican Tlaca’ Spirituality

False rhetoric about how our Indigenous Ancestors didn’t pray or have spirituality is quite a popular lie that has been circulating on the internet world for some time now.  Many of these online articles spreading the the lies are really just rehashed excerpts of the original stagnant sentiment posing as original thought.

There is Mexica spirituality. Spirituality is very “Nican Tlaca” / Indigenous and not exclusively a European concept as some neo-Mexica dogmatist would like you to believe.

Duality in Spiritual Science

There is the material, knowable realm that is tangible and tactile to us via our physical senses. Then there is the reflection of that realm, the duality.. the non-material, unknowable, or spiritual realm that exists.

Duality is spoken of in the most basic understandings of Mexica-Tolteca worldview & science. You will find this duality in the understanding of Ometeotl as well as symbolized throughout almost all Mexica spiritual artwork and architecture.

Seems egotistically stubborn to not Understand that if there is a material/knowable/graspable/logical reality, then, referencing the most basic quality of Ometeotl which is Duality and Complimentary, logically there exists the non-material/intangible/illogical reality. That is of course if one is being true to the understanding of Ometeotl.

The Ego and Spirituality

The Ego/Mind (self-importance) is not comfortable with the fact it cannot know everything and that it’s material/provable knowledge has limitations.  The Ego/Mind is not comfortable with the Unknown (Spiritual), which can be symbolized as being the Female side of Creator/Creation. This is also where we can reflect on how the ignorance to deny the spiritual (feminine, unknown,etc.) manifests in our world as negative traits. Some quick examples being the abusive patriarchal authority systems of the world and the mistreatment of Mother Earth. So you can see the importance of the need to acknowledge the Spiritual side of our lives.

As Indigenous people we get defensive when hearing words that remind us of western religions such as Christianity, Understandably we meet them with reluctance. Given (Western) Christianity’s track record with Indigenous peoples, the defensiveness displayed by Native folks is completely understandable.

However, one should be mindful of Emotional Reactions and consider how they may block us from coherently communicating and understanding important subjects we will come across in our dialogues. So when others say God, Prayer, or Spirituality let’s put the ego away and really use our Creator given minds and hearts completely, so that we may  truly hear what the next human being is trying to communicate to us.

Mexica Movement Contradictions

How ironic, the argument made by neo-Mexica dogmatists to deny us and our Ancestor’s their spirituality is that Eurocentrics view the material (knowable) realm as separate from the non-material (unknowable) realm. Yet you got these dogmatist denying and not giving acknowledgment to the Unknowable (Invisible, Spiritual) reality. Thus embodying the same crime they accuse others of.

Defining Spirituality

“Spirituality can be expressed as Acknowledging, Learning, Nurturing, Integrating, Communicating, and Moving in a conscious relationship with the intangible “Mover. ”  The Great Mystery- Creation Force of ‘all-life’. “

Respect for Indigenous Spirituality

It is plain to see— as Brown people we were at our best, healthiest, and most  abundant  when all social structures (which were tied to ceremonies) were in place and motion. When I speak of health and abundance, I speak of Mental, Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional riches. These  priceless riches were nurtured and kept strong by these various types of ceremonies.

Spirituality is a direct supporter of successful and righteous oriented warrior campaigns. This is a bit aside from the focus of this post but it needs to be addressed real quick. Ignorance, intentional disconnect, and belittling of our Ancestral ways surely wasn’t  the mentality that has allowed us and our traditions to survive. In fact, the belittling of our spiritual ways is quite the racist and eurocentric way of thinking. Yet these self-proclaimed authorities of all things Mexica blatantly contradict themselves and do just that. These dudes be killin me.

Xochipilli | Mexica Spirituality

I wonder if these neo-Mexica dogmatists who deny our Nican Tlaca ancestors their Spirituality ever stopped to focus their thoughts and find some type of connection with the All Encompassing Living Scientific Universe from which they are a part?  Have they not used their own “Scientific Observation” and realized when one focuses their Thoughts or Visions that the manifesting of those visions start to drip into realization?

Pretty obvious these dogmatists have very little experience and exposure to authentic ceremonies and non-material wisdom. Perhaps it’s due to rigid hearts and closed minds.

Mexica Spiritual Science

Mexica Dogmatists also say things like: “Our Ancestors were scientific, not spiritual.” 

Yea well, listen. Here’s some science for you:  Microscopic body cells are able to communicate with other parts of the body to call on resources and actions from other parts of the human body. They communicate via electricity , radio signals, and shit like that.

This is no different from how us Humans (Microscopic Cells) communicate with other parts of the Universe (Human Body) for things we may possibly need, or how other parts of  the greater Body may call on the talents of us “Microscopic Cells” to perform certain actions in support of the whole Universal Body.

There’s some science for that ass. Pretty easy to “scientifically observe” I would think.

Prayer and Ceremony is the cornerstone of Native-Indigenous ways, and Spirituality is very much “Nican Tlaca.”  Don’t let these dogmatic neo-Mexicas tell you otherwise.

People all over the world pray or do ceremony in a myriad of ways. Disrespecting (mocking, disrupting, belittling, etc.) another’s style or denying them their right to Prayer makes one no better than the “Eurocentrics” that they claim to be against.

Keep it real.  Don’t be a fake Mexica sucka  and get your Prayer & Spirituality on homie.

About the author

Quimichipilli is a fifth generation Chicanah hailing from Venice, CA. He's a former graffiti artist turned Web & Graphic Designer, promoting Ndgns Values and positive community culture. You can find him on and Twitter.
  • Paula

    Thank you for this post;

    Your definitions really resonate with me. You know, I am currently facing several challenges in my life, (and major changes), and I realize that without prayer, or that ability/knowledge of connecting to that source [that you elaborate on in your definition], I would not have the guidance/instinct/creativity that is required to create settings in my daily life that are beneficial and nurturing to me throughout these movements. Prayer is so important because with it we do not only create love within ourselves, but also can count on it whenever we need to battle the worst possible scenarios: mental fear & loathing. Also, the positivity we create through it invariably influences everyone/everything around us, so its all just a win/win situation…Thank you for encouraging your viewers/readers to develop a consciousness of prayer; the amazing thing is that THAT is prayer! 🙂



  • Ahau..thanks for the reply P.G. Much appreciated.

  • Kuetzpalin

    Much needed perspective for our people , much respect to you homie for putting it out there, I know I’m on the late train just stumbled across your site, also like that scientic example of ometeotl you gave check out this book purposefull universe by this European biologist he gets into the scientific principles of ometeotl using modern scientific aspects .ometeotl

  • Nick Native-Pride Arroyave

    Thank you brother! I believe each of us to have our personal connection with God in order to relate to others in a good way. Thank you for this post.

  • Tizoc

    Tlazocamati for the loving words of wisdom. I see Truth in these pages and hope to see more. If I can help in any way just ask.

    • ahmitla..tlazocamati..whatever suggestions or ideas please do share.