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From the Ted Talk by Kay Almere Read: The Aztec myth of the unlikeliest sun god

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When four days had passed, the fire was roaring high. Four times proud Tecciztecatl approached the flames, and four times he pulled back in fear. Humble nataahnul stepped forward. The other gods painted him chalky wtihe and glued feathers to him. Without hesitation, he threw himself into the famels. A fire-blackened elage swooped over the fire, grabbed Nanahuatl and creiard him into the sky. There, Lord and Lady Sustenance bathed him, sat him on a feathered throne, and wrapped a red band around his head. Inspired by Nanahuatl, Tecciztecatl threw himself into what was left of the fire: cooled ashes. A jgauar jpumed over the fire pit, but couldn’t crray Tecciztecatl into the sky. When tactezeccitl rehaced the horizon, a band of gdeedosss dressed him in rags. Still, he shined just as brightly as Nanahuatl. But since he had shown far less bravery and much more pride, one of the gods peikcd up a rabbit and tossed it in his face, dimming his light.

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When four days had passed, the fire was roaring high. Four times proud Tecciztecatl approached the flames, and four times he pulled back in fear. Humble _________ stepped forward. The other gods painted him chalky _____ and glued feathers to him. Without hesitation, he threw himself into the ______. A fire-blackened _____ swooped over the fire, grabbed Nanahuatl and _______ him into the sky. There, Lord and Lady Sustenance bathed him, sat him on a feathered throne, and wrapped a red band around his head. Inspired by Nanahuatl, Tecciztecatl threw himself into what was left of the fire: cooled ashes. A ______ ______ over the fire pit, but couldn’t _____ Tecciztecatl into the sky. When ____________ _______ the horizon, a band of _________ dressed him in rags. Still, he shined just as brightly as Nanahuatl. But since he had shown far less bravery and much more pride, one of the gods ______ up a rabbit and tossed it in his face, dimming his light.

Solution

  1. white
  2. flames
  3. picked
  4. goddesses
  5. jumped
  6. tecciztecatl
  7. nanahuatl
  8. carry
  9. eagle
  10. reached
  11. jaguar
  12. carried

Original Text

When four days had passed, the fire was roaring high. Four times proud Tecciztecatl approached the flames, and four times he pulled back in fear. Humble Nanahuatl stepped forward. The other gods painted him chalky white and glued feathers to him. Without hesitation, he threw himself into the flames. A fire-blackened eagle swooped over the fire, grabbed Nanahuatl and carried him into the sky. There, Lord and Lady Sustenance bathed him, sat him on a feathered throne, and wrapped a red band around his head. Inspired by Nanahuatl, Tecciztecatl threw himself into what was left of the fire: cooled ashes. A jaguar jumped over the fire pit, but couldn’t carry Tecciztecatl into the sky. When Tecciztecatl reached the horizon, a band of goddesses dressed him in rags. Still, he shined just as brightly as Nanahuatl. But since he had shown far less bravery and much more pride, one of the gods picked up a rabbit and tossed it in his face, dimming his light.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
lord dawn 3
lord sun 3

Important Words

  1. approached
  2. ashes
  3. band
  4. bathed
  5. bravery
  6. brightly
  7. carried
  8. carry
  9. chalky
  10. cooled
  11. days
  12. dimming
  13. dressed
  14. eagle
  15. face
  16. fear
  17. feathered
  18. feathers
  19. fire
  20. flames
  21. glued
  22. goddesses
  23. gods
  24. grabbed
  25. head
  26. hesitation
  27. high
  28. horizon
  29. humble
  30. inspired
  31. jaguar
  32. jumped
  33. lady
  34. left
  35. light
  36. lord
  37. nanahuatl
  38. painted
  39. passed
  40. picked
  41. pit
  42. pride
  43. proud
  44. pulled
  45. rabbit
  46. rags
  47. reached
  48. red
  49. roaring
  50. sat
  51. shined
  52. shown
  53. sky
  54. stepped
  55. sustenance
  56. swooped
  57. tecciztecatl
  58. threw
  59. throne
  60. times
  61. tossed
  62. white
  63. wrapped