around 600 to 650 B.C.
the cult of the Plumed Serpent and "the
Rain god" was introduced to the Greater Southwest
region by the Pochteca Trading sytem built by expanding
700-750 The Gran Chichimecs
fell upon the declining Teotihuacán cilviization
in the valley of Mexico. Tula became the capital
of the Toltec Empire. King Mixcóatl introduced
the cult of Tezcatlipoca which in time
replaced the cult of Quetzalcóatl.
The Toltec pochteca trade system expanded when Pyrite
and Turquoise became the symbol of the Toltec god
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