Huitzilopochtli


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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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Aunque no en todos los casos hay evidencia arqueologica para corroborar empiricamente las afirmaciones de la Cronica, los relatos de las diversas conquistas suelen sucederse por descripciones de la ampliacion del templo a Huitzilopochtli.
Igualmente novedosa es su caracterizacion de Huitzilopochtli como el fundador historico de la dinastia azteca.
La fiesta mas celebrada y mas solemne de toda esta tierra, y en particular de los tezcucanos y mexicanos fue la del idolo llamado Huitzilopochtli.
En manos de Sor Juana, el conocido mito del nacimiento de Huitzilopochtli encima de la montana Coatepec pierde todo detalle salvo la alusion mas simbolica para la ocasion del villancico (19): el indio converso que jura que, de haber estado donde San Pedro Nolasco "se quedo / con los perros moros / en una ocasion" (2: 375, nota, version de Garibay), habria matado a cuatrocientos de ellos con una bofetada, como una vez Huitzilopochtli lo hizo a los cuatrocientos (es decir: muchisimos, sin numero) hermanos homicidas que quisieran asesinar a su madre Coatlicue mientras el todavia estaba en su vientre.
Guerras tribales entre los aztecas para sacrificar victimas a Quetzacoatl y Huitzilopochtli.
Smooth to the touch and aesthetically appealing, the book jacket features a drawing of Huitzilopochtli, apparently engaged in a ritual dance.
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.
Este proceso "migratorio" que reduce o anula la dimension sacra de los personajes mitologicos, aplicado a los "personajes" del Arco, es el que permite a Siguenza hacer del dios Huitzilopochtli el primer modelo de virtud, en tanto, en el plano de lo heroico-historico, el "valeroso Huitzilopochtli" deja de ser una divinidad mentirosa y/o heretica ciertamente cuestionable, y se convierte en el primer "caudillo conductor de los mexicanos" en el viaje y demanda de las tierras que conforman la Nueva Espana del siglo XVII (Siguenza 177).
17) The Aztecs perceived that a primary function of their society was to sustain continual wars against neighboring states to supply blood to various gods and in particular the tutelary Huitzilopochtli (Little Hummingbird), guardian of the sun.
Who today, he asked, worships Jupiter or Huitzilopochtli (who had 5,000 youths and maidens sacrificed to him just 500 years ago).
For example, as the Mexica rose to power and built their empire in the fifteenth century, they transformed Coatlicue, one of Tonantzin's faces, from a powerful "mother Goddess" into a more passive "mother of God" when they represented her as miraculously conceiving Huitzilopochtli from "a ball of feathers" without engaging in sexual intercourse.
Guided by a prophecy of their mythical god of sun and war, Huitzilopochtli, they settled at the site, near Lake Texcoco, where they came upon an eagle with outstretched wings perched on a cactus.