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Pronunciation : Hweet-seelo-potch-tlee

(Aztec Deity)HUITZILOPOCHTLI

Also known as UITZILOPOCHTLI

The tough as nuts Aztec sun God in charge of war, warriors and death. He's also known as the left handed hummingbird, big with crops, and possibly suffering an identity crisis.

Huitzilopochtli went on a murderous rampage when news filtered through that Coatlicue, who hadn't even given birth to him yet, was about to be murdered by her four hundred snappily named offspring. It seems the Centzon Huitznahuas were a tad annoyed that their mum had been interfered with, even if it was by a ball of Quetzal feathers, but were taken completely by suprise when Huitzilopochtli sprang from her womb fully grown and armed to the nines. They were even more suprised when he laid the smackdown.

He ousted Nanautzin as chief sun God, which was no big deal as he was getting right on everyones nerves anyway, then he led the Aztecs on an incredible march from Aztlan to a new upmarket floating home in the middle of lake Texcoco.

Fighting fiercely with the moon everynight is pretty thirsty work so by the time Huitzilopochtli emerged victorious every morning he was exhausted and in need of a good drink. The Aztec priests duly obliged, dragging captives up the alter steps, ripping open their chests and offering still beating hearts full of precious liquid (blood) to the battle-weary sun God.

Huitzilopochtli is the only Aztec original and as they steam-rolled their way through the Cuzco Valley their new sun God steam-rolled his way straight to the top of the pantheon. In no time Huitzolopochtli became Mextli, the top God of all of Me-hee-co.

See Coatlicue, Coyolxauhqui, Centzon Huitznahuas.
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'HUITZILOPOCHTLI' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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