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"Huitzilopochtli (pronounced Weetz-ee-loh-POSHT-lee) was one of the most important Aztec gods.  He was the deity who, according to tradition, led the Mexican people from Aztlan, their homeland, to Central Mexico. According to some scholars, Huitzilopochtli could have been a historical figure, probably a priest, who became a god after his death.

 

Huitzilopochtli was also the god who indicated to the Aztecs the location where to build their capital, Tenochtitlan. He appeared in the dreams of the priests and told them to settle on an island in the middle of Lake Texcoco, where they would see an eagle perching on a cactus." (Maestri, 2013)

 

Escalera chose to commemorate this particular Aztec god in a grandiose manner. The traditional garb and flamboyant headdress was only surpassed by the pomp and circumstance attributed towards worshipping this deity. The artist took great pains in portraying Huitzilopochtli as larger than life and with definite undertones towards intimidation. 


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Maestri, Nicoletta. "Huitzilopochtli." About.com Archaeology. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2013.

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Aztec Chief

$222.00
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Product Description

"Huitzilopochtli (pronounced Weetz-ee-loh-POSHT-lee) was one of the most important Aztec gods.  He was the deity who, according to tradition, led the Mexican people from Aztlan, their homeland, to Central Mexico. According to some scholars, Huitzilopochtli could have been a historical figure, probably a priest, who became a god after his death.

 

Huitzilopochtli was also the god who indicated to the Aztecs the location where to build their capital, Tenochtitlan. He appeared in the dreams of the priests and told them to settle on an island in the middle of Lake Texcoco, where they would see an eagle perching on a cactus." (Maestri, 2013)

 

Escalera chose to commemorate this particular Aztec god in a grandiose manner. The traditional garb and flamboyant headdress was only surpassed by the pomp and circumstance attributed towards worshipping this deity. The artist took great pains in portraying Huitzilopochtli as larger than life and with definite undertones towards intimidation. 


References

Maestri, Nicoletta. "Huitzilopochtli." About.com Archaeology. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2013.

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