Huitzilopochtli


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Related to Huitzilopochtli: Tezcatlipoca, Quetzalcoatl

Huitzilopochtli

(wē'tsēlōpōcht`lē), chief deity of the Aztec, god of war. He is said to have guided the Aztecs during their migration from Aztlán. Usually represented in sculptured images as hideous, he was the object of human sacrifice, particularly of war prisoners. He was also god of the sun, and it was believed that he was born each morning from the womb of Coatlicue, goddess of earth. His temple at Tenochtitlán was a great architectural achievement of pre-Columbian America.

Huitzilopochtli

supreme war god of the Aztecs. [Aztec Religion: NCE, 1286]
See: God

Huitzilopochtli

war god of ancient Mexicans. [Mex. Myth.: Harvey, 403]
See: War
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Igualmente novedosa es su caracterizacion de Huitzilopochtli como el fundador historico de la dinastia azteca.
O desafio de casar-se com Cipriano, tornar-se a deusa Malintzi, a Primeira Mulher de Huitzilopochtli (o deus da guerra), caracteriza a aceitação, a realização do Eros reprimido que estivera, durante toda a sua vida, esquecido na parte mais profunda da sua psique.
Not so far from the Guggenheim Aztec show, there are a number of churches where religious celebration of a different sort makes an interesting contrast to the dead bodies cascading down the temple steps in homage to Huitzilopochtli.
The title of the show, "El Sol de Mexico," was displayed as a large black vinyl sign that spanned the gallery's street-facing window, alluding to the Mexican newspaper as well as to Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of sun and war.
Detailed colored illustrations orchestrate informative narrative on important figures in Mayan and Aztec myth, including Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec creator god, Huitzilopochtli, supreme war god of Tenochtitlan, and Ixmucane, grandmother of the Maya, plus many more.
The twin temple-pyramids of Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli echo, he notes, two conjoined mountains--something seen two millennia earlier at Chalcatzingo.
Now excavated, the Great Temple--with its twin sanctuaries of Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, the gods of water and war--was "a place of glory for the Mexicas and a place of suffering for those under their power," says Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, coordinator of the dig.
Munoz notes the essence of the original Mexica traditions: the opening dedication to the four cardinal points, the use of fire, dance and, the practice of all night vigils and canticos on important ritual and historical dates, such as August 13 th (the fall of Tenochtitlan to the Spaniards) and May 17th (the feast of Toxcatl in honor of Huitzilopochtli, the god of the Mexicas).
But this figure had been covered up and distorted by the Aztec god of human sacrifice, Huitzilopochtli.
El valor del mexicano o el sindrome de Huitzilopochtli.
Tezcatlipoca was closely associated with Mixcoatl, the old Chichimec deity of the hunt, and later with Huitzilopochtli, patron of the Aztec warrior orders.