Sketch based on a drawing from the Florentine Codex, a sixteenth-century colonial manuscript compiled by Fray Bernardino de Sahagun.
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Huitzilopochtli, was the Aztec god of the Sun
and the war. He was a blue man fully armed with hummingbird feathers on his head. His mother Coatlicue
Aztecs used to offer human sacrifices to Huitzilopochtli. The victims were usually
prisoners captured in the frequent wars that Aztecs were fighting against their
The sacrifices were intended to secure rain, harvests and success in war.
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