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Huitzilopochtli

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Aztec god of war and of the sun, chief god of the great Aztec city Tenochtitlan. He is a son of Coatlicue. He slew his sister Coyolxauhqui and tossed her head into the sky where it became the moon.

Huitzilopochtli was represented as a hummingbird, or with the feathers of a hummingbird on his head and his left leg, with a black face and holding a snake, and a mirror. His name means "Hummingbird of the South", "He of the South", or "Hummingbird on the Left".


Article details:

  • Also known as:
    Uitzilopochtli
  • Pronunciation:
    wee-tsee-loh-poch'-tlee

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