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  • The Coatlicue Statue In The National Museum Of Anthropology In Mexico

    Coatlicue was an Earth goddess, and the story goes that one day she was on a mountain top that was named snake mountain sweeping. While she was sweeping a feather fell on her apron, this signified her becoming pregnant. When her daughter Coyolxauhqui found out, she became enraged, and rallied her four-hundred brothers to storm snake mountain and kill their mother. However, what they did not know is that Coatlicue was bearing a sun god and warrior god named Huitzilopochtli. When Coyolxauhqui was advancing on Coatlicue, Huitzilopochtli reassured that she would be okay, because Coatlicue feared for her life. As Coyolxauhqui came near Huitzilopochtli was immediately born into a full grown man and engaged his sister, throwing her off the mountain Coyolxauhqui’s head and limbs detached from her body. However, this rendition for the legend does not explain as to why Coatlicue is depicted without any limbs and they are replaced by snake heads and eagle talons. Another legend protrayes a totally different story, that Coatlicue sacrificed her own life so that the cosmos can stay…

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  • Huitzilopochtli: The Aztec Culture

    The Aztec’s worshiped many gods (deities). The most worshiped god in the Aztec culture was Huitzilopochtli, whose name meant left handed hummingbird. An interesting characteristic of Huitzilopochtli is he was born full grown. He was the god of sun and war and was a cultural god. Coatlícue, his mother became pregnant by placing feathers under her breasts. When her more than 400 children learned of the pregnancy they were outraged and revolted against her. When Coatlícue was decapitated by her…

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  • Analysis Of Tlaloc: The God Of Rain

    began with the creation of its thriving city of Teotihuacan. Like their predecessors, the Mayans, the Aztecs were deeply intoned with their polytheistic belief of powerful deities. One such deity, Tlaloc, god of rain and earth, was held in high regard. Tlaloc was thought to form a union with Huitzilopochtli, the god of sun and war in Aztec mythology. They shared the Templo Mayor, an iconic, twin temple pyramid featured in the center of the city of Teotihuacan. This signified a union of the two…

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  • Aztec Architecture: The Impossible City

    But there were many more, such as the private ritual blood-letting, burning of copal (a tree resin), and the music of worship. This Aztec temple represented the Hill of Coatepec, where the Mexica’s believed Huitzilopochtli was born.” The Aztecs had excellent builders and craftsmen that would use chisels, hard stone and obsidian blades for tools. They would use light volcanic stone extensively, it was strong. It was easy to break and the consistency of the substance with its color was very…

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  • An Essay On The Aztecs

    people. They are known as a violent and warring people famous for human sacrifice, but they were also ecologist and artist. They were nomads for hundreds of years before settling and building one of the largest cities and empires in the world. They were famed warriors, but inside their own cities knew great peace. The Aztecs are often portrayed as wild savages, but in truth were far from it. The Aztecs, like many ancient cultures worshiped many gods, each ruling over different aspects of…

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  • The Feathered Serpent: A Short Story

    happened were ashamed of their mother for not doing anything, but tuck in feathers into her skirt. Her children decided to slay their mother, but Coatlicue heard the news that her children were coming to slay her. Out of fear, Coatlicue decided to abandon the place and ran away as soon as possible. As she ran over the mountains, she could see her sons and daughters closely behind chasing her with fire on their feet running as fast as a cheetah. As they caught up to her, all of a sudden, a…

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  • Aztecs: A Comparative Analysis

    ENTRÉE: Huitzilopochtli was portrayed as a demanding god because since he was the patron god of Tenochtitlan and the main god of war in Aztec faith. They would need to constantly sacrifice to him because the Aztecs were scared that if they didn’t he would stop protecting them from the “infinite night.” It’s important to know Huitzilopochtli origins and backstory because it shows current people why the Aztecs sacrificed so many people to this one deity. It also shows the fear of the entire…

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  • Moctezuma, The Great Aztec Ruler?

    He was able to keep the triple alliance by agreeing to share all war winnings by three. This way all nations gained more than they lost. With Tlacaelel’s helpful advice, Moctezuma had a temple sent to be built to honor their most important god, Huitzilopochtli. He is the god of the sun, war, and hummingbirds, because those things go so well together. It took years to complete the temple, and it was finally put to use in 1455. The Aztecs had demolished the Huaxtec and their army. They soon became…

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  • Goddess Coatlicue Analysis

    scales from the snakes and on the legs of the statue, there appears to be feathers going down the sides. The use of different geometric shapes such as the diamonds for the scales and the circles over the breasts of the statuette contrast with the irregularity of the overall organic shapes seen in the body of the sculpture and present a structural basis for what the artist viewed patterns and the stability of the statuette itself. 4. Coatlicue was the patron goddess of childbirth. She was also…

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  • Aztec Culture

    characterized Aztec’s and were the reason they survive building a strong foundation for their future leaders. The Aztecs build their city in a place between Mexico and Central America. This place was called Mesoamerica. The Aztecs told a legend that Huitzilopochtli the god of water told them to leave Azatlan and look for another place. The sign that they have found the new place would be an eagle perched on a cactus growing on a rock and eating a…

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