Saturday, December 17, 2016

Death as depicted by the Aztecs

Death has always intrigued humanity, historically, philosophically, theologically, culturally, socially. It is one of things we will all have to go through, as the famous phrase states: Death and Taxes. However, each culture, religion, region in the world expresses or understands the notion of death differently, depicting him/her/it in all kinds of way.

The Aztecs depict death as seen in this photo, found in the museum at Templo Mayor, Mexico City. This is the God of Death (Mictlantecuhtli), conceived by the Aztecs as a half-gaunt being in a position of attach, with claws and curly hair, probably placed using the holes he has in his head. The liver hangs under his thorax, because according to Aztec beliefs, this internal organ was closely related with Mictlan or the Underworld, place where this deity resided. According to research, the Aztecs offered blood to the statues of the God Death. 

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