Huitzilopochtli was the god of war and the sun. The souls of dead warriors transformed into hummingbirds (and butterflies, according to some sources) and traversed with him the pathways of the skies. He was associated with the color blue and the direction south, and was an important Aztec deity, although he never ruled a ‘Sun’. He was served in his palace by the dead of war and childbirth.

He had a family, of course. A very nice family. His mother was Coatlicue, very interesting lady, to say the least. His paternal parent’s identity was disputed; he may have been one of the four sons of Ometeotl, or the son of Mixcoatl, or the son of a magic ball of feathers…. He had many siblings, most of which he killed and flung up into the sky and turned into stars. He made one of his sisters, Coyolxauhqui, into the moon, because she tried to kill their mother. Another of his sisters was Malinalxochitl, a beautiful sorceress, and one of Huitzilopochtli’s rivals.

The most important thing Huitzilopochtli could do was put off the ending of the fifth Sun through human sacrifice. Every fifty-two years, the world was in danger of ending, unless he was strengthened enough by the blood of victims to put off the end of the world for another fifty-two years.

In iconography, Huitzilopchtli is depicted as a hummingbird, or having feathers. His face is black or striped blue and yellow, and he is accompanied by the fire snake Xiuhcoatl. He is dressed in feathers, gold, jewels, and fine cloth, and his image was often hidden behind a curtain, because it was said he was so radiant he could not be looked at directly; only through the arrow holes in a shield.

What does this have to do with writing? I have no idea.

What does this have to do with my storyworld?

Don’t you wish you knew! 😀

Don’t I wish I knew….



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