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Huitzilopochtli killed 400 siblings. Credits: Latina America Studies

Huitzilopochtli killed 400 siblings. Credits: Latina America Studies

Huitzilopochtli – An Aztec deity known for killing 400 siblings

Huitzilopochtli was the key figure behind the founding of Tenochtitlan, which was the capital city of Aztecs. The legend has it that when his mother, an Aztec goddess Coatlicue, was pregnant, 400 stars, who were her sons and daughters, conspired to kill her. When they conflicted, Huitzilopochtli killed Coyolxauhqui and  the rest of his 400 siblings. Despite that, Huitzilopochtli was demanding for more. In order to please him, Aztecs sacrificed war prisoners by opening the chests of the victim and ripping out their still beating hearts. Cruel as it may sound, but these human sacrifices were done in order to secure success in war, rain and good harvest.

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