Huitzilopochtli: The cruel God

Huitzilopochtli (from Nahuatl Huitzilin, hummingbird and opochtli, left-handed) god of the Mexica people, hated and greatly feared.
For the Spanish it was like the devil himself, he was considered the inventor of wars and the cause of many deaths.
Like Tláloc, Huitzilopochtli was worshiped on top of the Templo Mayor, the most important ceremony center in Mexico-Tenochtitlan, receiving endless offerings of blood and hearts of warriors captured in combat as the main food .
For the Mexicas life was governed by cycles of creation and destruction and they believed that this cycle could be delayed with the energy contained in blood, therefore the importance and the need of the mexican warriors to make sacrifices to avoid the end of the world.
There is a mit or that it tells that Huitzilopochtli was the son of Coatlicue (the one with a snake skirt) who was left on tape by a feather dropped from the sky. Angered by this, his children, the 400 southern warriors led by Coyolxauhqui (the Moon) decided to kill him to regain his honor. But Huitzilopochtli defended her at birth by cutting off Coyolxauhqui's head and threw her into the sky, while he cruelly killed his other siblings.
In this story they become evident Huitzilopochtli's attributes as 'Celestial Warrior' or the "Midday Sun". The ancient Mexicans believed that this fight between Huitzilopochtli (Sol) and his sister the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui was repeated daily at sunset.

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