Features: Bird-like human with blue skin
Source: Aztec Folklore
Habitat: Reigned over Mesoamerica which is now known as New Mexico
This strange mystic creature is described as a blue skinned human with feathers seeming as he is dressed as a bird.
He is known as the Aztec god of the sun. This Mesoamerican deity of war wore an eagle’s beak on his head. The Aztec people believed he came to earth in the form of an eagle to watch over them.
This mythical creature was a powerful god in the religion of the Aztecs. He was violent and demanded war and sacrifices in his honor. It is said that he was born with weapons in hand to defend his mother.
The goddess of earth is said to have given birth to this evil Aztec god by stuffing herself with hummingbird feathers.
Her daughter, the Moon goddess and 400 of her sons thought this brought great dishonor to their godly family and tried to kill her.
The mother of earth gave birth to her weapon yielding son just in time to stop the attack. Her newborn killed his sister and hundreds of his brothers to stop them from hurting his mother.
In Aztec religion, this represents the sun’s power to chase the moon and stars away.
Stories say that this Aztec god also killed his own nephew Copil, ripped his still beating heart and threw it into Lake Texcoco. He later ordered the Aztecs to build a temple in the place wherever they would find his heart. An eagle perched over a cactus eating a snake would mark the location.
The Aztecs built a temple on that place near the lake Texcoco and christened its debut by sacrificing over 20,000 people in four days.
Yearly rituals celebrating the opening of the temple continued for years after.
His name is said to mean “blue hummingbird on the left” in the Aztec language. This had great meaning to the Aztecs. They believed that fallen warriors came back as hummingbirds. They came from the south which the Aztecs referred to as the “left”.
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