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Friday, 3 July 2009

Aztec Hummingbird Design

The Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans, the talismans being representations as well as actual hummingbird fetishes formed from parts of real hummingbirds: emblematic for their vigour, energy and propensity to do work along with their sharp beaks that mimic instruments of weaponry, bloodletting, penetration and intimacy.

Hummingbird talismans were prized as drawing sexual potency, energy, vigour and skill at arms and warfare to the wearer.

The Aztec god Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird. The Nahuatl word huitzil (hummingbird) is an onomatopoeic word derived from the sounds of the hummingbird's wing-beats and zooming flight.

An aerial photograph of hummingbird image at Nazca in Peru is shown on the left … The Ohlone tells the story of how Hummingbird brought fire to the world. (Wikipedia)